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Royce Gracie Revealed His Choice For “Best Fighter Ever”

Royce Gracie Revealed His Choice For “Best Fighter Ever”

In a recent interview with TalkSport, Royce Gracie revealed his selection for the ‘best fighter ever, and his choice was quite unexpected. He didn’t opt for a UFC fighter, nor did he select anyone who has been active in any combat sport in recent decades. He didn’t hesitate in giving his answer, and it was clear from the start that he would choose his father, Helio Gracie. 

Even though Helio Gracie’s athletic peak was well before major organizations like the UFC were established, he still participated in several fights. Helio Gracie had numerous fights from 1932 to 1967, but only 19 bouts are well-documented and verified. His official record was 9-2-8, as he consistently fought without any scoring systems or judges to decide the result if the fight reached the end. Royce Gracie was clear about his perception of his father’s position as the ‘best fighter ever’ in his view:

“He was way ahead. My father was way ahead of everybody, not as a fighter but as a self-defence style.”