Royce Gracie recently expressed his displeasure with how the current generation of his family has been performing in professional MMA. However, he believes at least one Gracie has the potential to shake things up again.
That fighter would be Kyra Gracie, a four-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and a three-time ADCC gold medalist. Despite her stellar grappling resume though, she has yet to ever cross over into MMA.
Interestingly, Royce doesn’t see this as a major impediment.
“Kyra has talent, is tough, she only needs the discipline to train [MMA],” he said in an interview with MMAFighting.com. “It’s always a pleasure to watch a Gracie winning. We were born fighting. She has the whole package.”
When asked how she would do against current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Royce was very confident in his relative.
“[Kyra] has more submissions, is more used to competition. [Ronda Rousey] is good, she knows what she’s doing [but] Kyra’s jiu-jitsu is better, with a gi or in MMA.”
That’s probably not going to be the popular opinion among MMA fans. Rousey also has a fantastic grappling background, and has been pretty dominant in her MMA career so far. She also happens to be two years younger than the 28 year old Gracie. That’s a lot of ground that Kyra Gracie would need to cross in order to catch up.
That’s not to say it wouldn’t be an interesting match up. If Rousey manages to beat Miesha Tate later this year with yet another armbar, it may be time to finally see her paired with someone who can grapple at her level.