If you are an active MMA fan, or combat sports fan for that matter, I’m sure you’ve heard or said yourself “Man he submitted a ton of people.” Well that got me wondering… who has literally submitted a ton of people by weight (2000 lbs.)?
I hope you enjoyed last weeks edition of “Dropping Tonnage”. This week I will start the “Tapping Tonnage” series. I will be switching between “Tapping Tonnage” and “Dropping Tonnage” each week.
Well of course the first in this series has to be Royce Gracie 15-2-3 MMA (11-1-1 UFC). Born on Dec. 12,1966 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Helio and Isabel “Belinha” Soares. Royce is 1 of 9 children which 7 were boys.
Gracie began training at a very young age under his father along with his Brothers. By age 18 He had received his Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu and moved to the United States. Here he began teaching BJJ with his Brother Rorion. Eventually opening the 1st Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in California which is still one on the most widely know names in MMA.
He began his MMA career in 1993 as an idea put together by Rorion to showcase Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
Thus began the UFC. He pulled off 11 consecutive submission wins in the first 5 UFC events that still stands as a UFC record today. Unbelievable at the time. Not only had no one heard of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, it was unreal to see such a small man quickly convince much larger men that they had grabbed ahold of something they wanted no part of.
Gracie went on to compete in Pride, K-1 and Bellator as well as a lone return to the UFC in 2006 to compete against Matt Hughes 45-9 MMA (18-7 UFC) in which he lost by TKO at 4:39 of the first round. Out of his final 8 fights he was only able to win 1 via submission. It was a quick Wrist Lock on 484 lb. Chad Rowan at K-1 Premium Dynamite 2004.
On June, 14, 2007 Gracie tested positive for Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid. Although stating that he never used any illegal substance both his A and B sample confirmed a level of 50 ng/ml. The average male produces between 2 and 6 ng/ml. He was fined $2500 and suspended until his license expired in May 2008 by the California State Athletic Commission.
Gracie was the first to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in November 2003.
In his 20 fight career Gracie has tapped out 12 of his opponents totaling 2,836 lbs. of men.
In order from most recent:
Chad Rowan K-1 Premium Dynamite 2004 1st rnd. Wrist lock @ 2:13 484 lbs.
Dan Severn UFC 4 1st rnd. Triangle @ 15:49 250 lbs.
Keith Hackney UFC 4 1st rnd. Arm lock @ 5:32 200 lbs.
Ron Van Clief UFC 4 1st rnd. RNC @ 3:59 182 lbs.
Kimo Leopoldo UFC 3 1st rnd. Arm lock @ 4:40 250 lbs.
Patrick Smith UFC 2 1st rnd. To strikes @ 1:17 225 lbs.
Remco Pardoel UFC 2 1st rnd. Lapel choke @ 1:31 260 lbs.
Jason Delucia UFC 2 1st rnd. Arm lock @ 1:07 190 lbs.
Minoki Ichihara UFC 2 1st rnd. Lapel choke @ 5:08 178 lbs.
Gerard Gordeau UFC 1 1st rnd. RNC @ 1:44 216 lbs.
Ken Shamrock UFC 1 1st rnd. RNC @ 0:57 205 lbs.
Art Jimmerson UFC 1 1st rnd. Smother choke @ 2:18 196 lbs.
Which was your favorite Gracie submission?