Rickson Gracie is a living legend. Now in his early 50’s, many claim he is the best of the Gracies, and some claim he is the best in the world.
As with anyone who is successful, he has his critics. They say that his 400-o MMA record is undocumented, and that he never fought anyone who was great.
One of the best sources of info on Rickson on the web is:
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I keep hearing that Rickson is some sort of BJJ legend. How good is he, really?
Very good. Rickson earned his black belt in 1980, at the age of 18, and has never been tapped in competition. As a matter of fact, nobody has ever come forth claiming to have tapped him OUTSIDE of competition. To this day, there are testimonies of current jiu jitsu greats praising him. The most recent was Andre Galvao, who claimed Rickson had tapped him multiple times and he himself hadn’t managed a single submission.
Other BJJ athletes who spare no hyperboles towards Rickson’s skill on the mat are Demian Maia, Nino Schembri, Paulo Filho, Royce Gracie, and Ricardo Arona, to name a few.
If you haven’t seen it, check out the documentary on Rickson called “Choke.”