Signed Royce Gracie Photograph
Recently I had a client approach me for a custom piece of Memorabilia. My client was wanting a specific photo of Mixed Martial Artist Royce Gracie signed.
Through my network of contact in the USA I was able to source this photograph and have it sent to me from our USA office.
It was framed here in Melbourne with a beautiful gold plaque as per the clients request.
If you are needing a custom piece of memorabilia please reach out to me
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
In his first match, Gracie defeated journeyman boxer Art Jimmerson. He tackled him to the ground using a baiana (morote-gari or double-leg) and obtained the dominant “mounted” position, also pinning Jimmerson’s left arm around the boxer’s own neck. Mounted and with only one free arm Jimmerson conceded defeat.
In the next tournament, Gracie began his defense of the title by submitting Japanese fighter Minoki Ichihara – a second degree black belt in Karatedo Daido Juku and Kyokushin karate, who was billed by the UFC at the time as a “living legend” in Tokyo, who had won over 60 full-contact fights. The fight had gone 5:08, which was longer than Royce’s 3 bouts in the first event (totaling 4:59). Advancing into the quarterfinals, Royce Gracie defeated future Pancrase veteran Jason DeLucia, submitting him via armbar just over a minute into the bout. Gracie then submitted 250-lb Judo and Taekwondo black belt Remco Pardoel with a lapel choke, and finally won the final bout against Patrick Smith, when his opponent submitted to punches from the top position.
At UFC 3, Royce was matched up in the first round against Kimo Leopoldo and won via submission after 4 minutes and 40 seconds. However, he then withdrew from his next fight with Harold Howard before it began due to exhaustion and dehydration. Royce entered into the ring and threw in the towel. This was the first event which Gracie did not win.
Gracie submitted 51-year-old Ron van Clief in the opening round with a rear naked choke, and then submitted Keith Hackney in the semi-finals. Gracie’s final UFC victory was in a match that lasted for 16 minutes (there were no rounds or time limits at the time), during which he was continuously pinned underneath 260 pound (118 kg) wrestler Dan Severn. To end the match, Royce locked his legs in a triangle choke for a submission victory. The match extended beyond the pay-per-view time-slot and viewers, who missed the end of the fight, demanded their money back.
Time limits were re-introduced into the sport in 1995 and Ken Shamrock would become the first fighter to survive Royce Gracie’s submission attack and earn a draw. The match lasted for 30 minutes and a 6-minute overtime. The draw sparked much debate and controversy as to who would have won the fight had judges determined the outcome, or had there been no time limits, as by the end of the fight Gracie’s right eye was swollen shut. However, the swollen eye was a result of a standing punch due to a sudden change of the rules in which both of the fighters were restarted on their feet. After this fight Gracie left the UFC.
We feel that no two individuals are more deserving than Royce and Ken to be the charter members. Their contributions to our sport, both inside and outside the Octagon, may never be equaled.
Royce’s challenge letters
Throughout his UFC days, Royce frequently challenged well-known fighters—though usually to no avail—to “fight to the finish, any place and any time.” Many big-name sportspeople, including Mike Tyson (who was serving the prison term at the time,) received the note several times in an open letter fashion, usually published by the Black Belt Magazine at The Ultimate Fighter column.