Ralek Gracie signs with Bellator MMA hopes to debut at Bellator170 on January 21.

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Ralek Gracie signs with Bellator MMA hopes to debut at Bellator170 on January 21.

Post by Kingfedor on Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:29 pm


Bellator MMA is proud to announce the signing of Ralek Gracie (3-0) to an exclusive multi-fight, multi-year contract.

Ralek is the third son of Rorion, the nephew of Royce, Rickson, and Royler Gracie and received his black belt from Grand Master Helio Gracie. The Gracie Family is famous for putting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on the map around the globe.

At only 22, Ralek made his MMA debut in Japan, where he defeated his opponent, Kastuyori Shibata with a devastating armbar. Nearly a year later, Ralek returned to Japan for his second MMA fight and again was victorious, this time defeating Gahdzhiev Alavutdin with an armbar from the mount. These two bouts led to a highly anticipated matchup with Kazushi Sakuraba, where again the Los Angeles native left "The Land of the Rising Sun" with the victory. That was the last time Ralek would fight under MMA rules, until now.

"I was bred for hand-to-hand combat over generations and I simply can't ignore that during my physical prime. My destiny is calling me and my opponent is irrelevant, it's go time," Gracie said. "It's crazy to see where fighting has come since my childhood of seeing everything unfold from behind the scenes. Bellator is really stepping up the opportunities fighters have to compete more often and in different countries and I'm excited to join that movement and test my style in this modern MMA era."

It has yet to be determined which weight class the 31-year-old will participate in, but expect to see him lace up the gloves for Bellator MMA in early 2017.


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Re: Ralek Gracie signs with Bellator MMA hopes to debut at Bellator170 on January 21.

Post by fka on Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:43 pm

Nice now three gracies under the bellator banner nice.

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Post by stu3ufc on Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:47 pm

LMAO!!! scott coker you just out do yourself every week

Ralek must really need some cash

oh and FKA does 60 year royce really count LMAO

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Post by Rocksoldier84 on Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:47 pm

Interesting signing. I wonder why he decided to come back after nearly seven years. Wish him well.
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Post by fka on Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:17 am

Yeah royce counts lol

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Post by Kinosis on Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:37 am

Rocksoldier84 wrote:Interesting signing. I wonder why he decided to come back after nearly seven years. Wish him well.

Well his brothers just put out a letter telling everyone not to do business with him because he is shady; perhaps he needs the money. He apparently still owes a lot of people he hasn't paid for Metamoris.

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Post by MR.WILLIE on Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:39 am

Metamoris founder Ralek Gracie has decided to make a return to Mixed Martial Arts competition after 6 years away from the sport. As reported on ESPN, the BJJ black belt has signed with Bellator and is planning to compete as a middleweight.

No opponent has been named as of this writing, but he is targeted to be part of the Bellator event on January 21.

The 31-year-old is is 3-0 as a professional, with every single bout happening in Japan. He last competed in MMA back in 2010, winning a decision over Kazushi Sakuraba. He has two armbar wins from 2008 and 2007 as well.

The news comes just a day after his brothers Ryron and Rener Gracie distanced themselves and “terminated all business relations” from him and Metamoris, saying that Ralek is involved in “dishonest and fraudulent activity”.

"I really want to focus on this right now, but I definitely would say [Metamoris] is doing everything it can to move forward in the most honorable way possible," Gracie told ESPN. "It's tough, man. We went through a hard time, and I think people took for granted what we were bringing to the table -- something that was revolutionary for the sport. We were really young, really green and didn't have the business experience.”

"It's a surreal thing, to answer questions about my brothers -- and even trying to defend yourself is dishonorable in this kind of situation. We're just doing the best we can, and I think there are some stuff behind the scenes that people don't know about and shouldn't know about. I really don't like avoiding questions, but at the end of the day, I really don't think it's important or relevant in this circumstance. This [Bellator signing] is very exciting and I'm excited to compete."

There have been numerous accusations hurled towards Ralek and Metamoris for a while now, and some in the MMA community have already begun commenting on his Bellator signing. One example is filmmaker Bobby Razak, who shot and directed videos for the grappling promotion:

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Post by MR.WILLIE on Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:42 am

Kinosis wrote:
Rocksoldier84 wrote:Interesting signing. I wonder why he decided to come back after nearly seven years. Wish him well.

Well his brothers just put out a letter telling everyone not to do business with him because he is shady; perhaps he needs the money.  He apparently still owes a lot of people he hasn't paid for Metamoris.  

He seems to be money dry...I agree with you

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Post by stu3ufc on Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:36 pm

what kinosis said was correct.


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Post by InfinityLens on Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:03 pm

They need to turn it into some storyline about a schism in the Gracie clan.
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