This Week’s MMA Birthdays: Renzo Gracie Turns 47

By: Brian Knapp
Mar 8, 2014
Renzo Gracie turns 47 this week. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



A two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist, Renzo Gracie will celebrate his 47th birthday on March 11.

Gracie compiled a 13-7-1 record as a professional mixed martial artist, competing in Pride Fighting Championships, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Strikeforce and the International Fight League over a career that stretches all the way back to 1992. The grandson of Brazilian jiu-jitsu founder Carlos Gracie, he defeated four former UFC champions during his successful run in MMA: Maurice Smith, Pat Miletich, Carlos Newton and Frank Shamrock, the latter by disqualification in 2007. Gracie strengthened his resume as one of the sport’s most trusted and revered trainers, overseeing the careers of onetime UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra and former middleweight King of Pancrase Ricardo Almeida. He also worked alongside Georges St. Pierre, Frankie Edgar and Roy Nelson.

A black belt in both Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo, Gracie last fought at UFC 112 in April 2010, when he succumbed to third-round punches from Matt Hughes at the Ferrari World Concert Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Those in MMA celebrating a birthday during the week covering March 9-March 15:

MARCH 9

Jun Nakamura (30)
Koji Ando (29)

MARCH 10

Sean Pierson (38)
Wilson Gouveia (36)
Jesse Lennox (32)
Lipeng Zhang (24)

MARCH 11

Renzo Gracie (47)
Rodrigo Gracie (39)
Sako Chivitchyan (30)

MARCH 12

Alexis Vila (43)
Ricky Musgrave (30)
Rad Martinez (27)

MARCH 13

Kazuo Takahashi (45)
Justin Salas (32)
Nam Phan (31)

MARCH 14

Kiyotaka Shimizu (30)
“Judo” Jim Wallhead (30)

MARCH 15

Travis Wiuff (36)

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