Ryan Gracie

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Ryan Gracie
Born(1974-08-14)August 14, 1974
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
DiedDecember 15, 2007(2007-12-15) (aged 33)
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Other namesThe Pitbull
Bad Boy Gracie
Crazy Brutal
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
StyleBrazilian jiu-jitsu, Gracie jiu-jitsu, Vale Tudo
TeamRyan Gracie Team
Rank4th degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[1]
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision1
By knockout1
By decision1
Notable relativesGracie Family
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ryan Gracie (August 14, 1974 – December 15, 2007) was a Brazilian mixed martial artist with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.[2] He was a member of the Gracie family, and a grandson of Carlos Gracie.[3][4]


Ryan trained with his brothers Renzo Gracie and Ralph Gracie, who often served as his cornerman.[5] He also trained Pancrase fighter Gabriel Vella and jiu-jitsu world champion Fabio Leopoldo while in Brazil.[5]

Gracie had seven fights in the PRIDE organization, with his first at PRIDE 10 in 2000 and his most recent at PRIDE Shockwave 2004. PRIDE billed Ryan as the "bad boy" of the family who reputedly gained experience fighting in the streets of Brazil.[6] In interviews in 2004, Gracie expressed a strong interest in fighting Kazushi Sakuraba and Hidehiko Yoshida.[5][7] Sakuraba, known as the "Gracie Hunter" for his many victories over the Gracie family, earlier defeated Ryan with a decision win in 2000.

Ryan was the leader and head coach of Gracie São Paulo, one of the largest jiu-jitsu associations in Brazil, with affiliated schools spread over the world. Supported by his cousins Carlos Russo, Daniel Simões and Renzo Gracie, the academy is home of several world champions.

Personal life[edit]

He was the youngest son of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master Robson Gracie. On December 8, 2001, his only son, Rayron Gracie, was born. Ryan's brothers are Charles Gracie, Renzo Gracie, and Ralph Gracie.

Gunshot injury[edit]

In October 2005, Gracie suffered an accidental gunshot wound to the leg while reaching into a closet in his sister's house in Rio de Janeiro, according to a report by GracieMag.com.[8] He was hospitalized and returned to stable condition after receiving a blood transfusion.


On December 15, 2007 at 7:00am Ryan Gracie was found dead in a jail cell in São Paulo, Brazil. At approximately 1:30am, Gracie had been arrested for stealing and crashing a car and attempting to hijack a motorcycle. The owner of the motorcycle hit Gracie on the head, and he was detained by several cyclists until police arrived. A toxicological examination at the Medical Legal Institute was conducted, after which he was transported to the police station.[9] While in jail, Ryan Gracie's wife called psychiatrist Dr. Sabino Ferreira de Faria to attend to him. The psychiatrist was later accused of medical negligence by over prescribing medication and causing the death of Ryan. Ferreira was later sentenced to two years of community service for recklessness.[10] The doctor was with Gracie most of the night, and was notified of Ryan Gracie's death as he was driving home.[11] Gracie was found alone and slumped into a corner when police were doing a routine check of the jail cells.[9]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
7 matches 5 wins 2 losses
By knockout 2 1
By submission 2 0
By decision 1 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 5–2 Yoji Anjo Submission (armbar) PRIDE Shockwave 2004 December 31, 2004 1 8:33 Saitama, Japan
Win 4–2 Ikuhisa Minowa Decision (split) PRIDE Bushido 3 May 23, 2004 2 5:00 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 3–2 Kazuhiro Hamanaka KO (soccer kicks) PRIDE Bushido 1 October 5, 2003 1 7:37 Saitama, Japan
Win 2–2 Shungo Oyama Technical Submission (armbar) PRIDE 22 September 29, 2002 1 1:37 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 1–2 Tokimitsu Ishizawa TKO (injury) PRIDE 15 July 29, 2001 1 4:51 Saitama, Japan
Loss 1–1 Kazushi Sakuraba Decision (unanimous) Pride 12 - Cold Fury December 23, 2000 1 10:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 1–0 Tokimitsu Ishizawa KO (punches) Pride 10 - Return of the Warriors August 27, 2000 1 2:16 Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan


  1. ^ Federação Paulista de Jiu-Jitsu >> Faixa Preta 4º Grau URL accessed on October 12, 2012.
  2. ^ BJJ.org. Ryan Gracie. www.bjj.org. URL last accessed on April 8, 2006
  3. ^ International Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Federation. Family Tree Archived 2009-09-17 at the Wayback Machine. www.550media.com. URL last accessed on April 8, 2006.
  4. ^ Clifton, Paul. Carley Gracie: The Lion of the Gracie Family. gracie.com. URL last accessed on April 8, 2006.
  5. ^ a b c "PRE-PRIDE BUSHIDO 3 INTERVIEW". PRIDE. Retrieved 2007-02-21.
  6. ^ "PRIDE profile". Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  7. ^ "SHOCKWAVE 2004 INTERVIEW". PRIDE. Retrieved 2007-02-21.
  8. ^ "Ryan's family thanks support". GracieMag.com. 2005-10-27. Retrieved 2007-02-21.
  9. ^ a b "Ryan Gracie Found Dead at 33". Sherdog.
  10. ^ "TATAME - Tudo sobre o mundo das lutas". tatame.com.br. Archived from the original on 2012-11-17.
  11. ^ Dorothy Willis. "Ryan Gracie, the "Bad Boy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu," Dies in Jail Cell". Bleacher Report.

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