Kron Gracie, the son of BJJ legend Rickson Gracie, is preparing to enter into MMA. It appears the Kron is preparing to fight in August in Japan, where his father collected his undefeated professional record. Kron Gracie spoke to Tatame about the process:
Everything is on track. If God wills, will happen. Japan is willing to offer more possibilities and is a more beautiful place to fight. In the United States, the fight was taken to go against Jiu-Jitsu. The guys do not leave much time fighting on the ground, the crowd begins to boo ... At the moment, I want to gain experience, and Japan would be the best option for my start in the sport.
Kron made it clear however that nothing has been agreed to and that he is open to other offers and locations.
For those not familiar with Kron, his aggressive and chaotic style of jiu jitsu made him a hot prospect in the sport grappling world. He is an ADCC champion, but has largely left sport grappling due to his frustrations with the scoring rules, specifically those of the IBJJF.
While Kron's offense oriented style of grappling is sure to entertain in MMA, he is also known for speaking his mind and MMA fans get a taste of that here as well.
On learning striking he commented:
Taking fists in the face is not as difficult as I thought. Jiu-Jitsu is a lot harder than Boxing, more complex sport.
And closed with:
I'm here to show that Jiu-Jitsu is still the best martial art.
That kind of attitude has gotten Gracies and other jiu jitsu fighters in trouble before as they continue to try to prove that jiu jitsu alone can succeed in MMA. This viewpoint ignores the strides the MMA has made in the last twenty plus years as its own unique sport that demands things of its athletes that no one component combat sport can fill.
It will be interesting to see how Kron fares in MMA, but it is likely his level of grappling and athleticism will easily carry him through at the very least the opponents he is likely to encounter in his first few fights.