Khonry Gracie, son of legendary Royce Gracie has just won his 2nd pro MMA bout by 1rst round armbar at Bellator 225. The Gracie legacy lives on.
Unlike his first cousins Ryron, Rener, and Ralek Gracie, and uncles Rickson, Rorion or even his father Royce, Khonry never competed in Jiu-Jitsu and went straight to MMA. When asked why he said:
“because tournaments are all about points. Today it’s maybe some of the best guys in the world finish in submissions, but most people in tournaments today don’t submit, they win by point system. It does nothing to do with what i wanna do, which is MMA.”
“When I grew up I played soccer for almost 10 years. I played soccer, I was very focused on soccer. Jiu-jitsu was a hobby. I learned jiu-jitsu and I taught jiu-jitsu, but I didn’t actually need to fight until three years ago I made a decision. ‘Look, when I turn 20, when I turn 21, I’m gonna fight, I’m gonna start my career.’ It wasn’t until three years ago when I officially focused on MMA, but I’ve been training jiu-jitsu my whole life.”
“I had an offer to go play soccer for an university here in California, or I could focus on jiu-jitsu and focus on MMA and try to go pro in that,” he said. “That day came when I had to pick one or the other, so I picked jiu-jitsu. It was all my decision. (Royce) never forced, which I appreciate now looking back at it. I’m glad of the decision I made. No regrets.”