Ralek Gracie is one of the most controversial figures in bjj. Over the last several year he’s been involved in the downfall of Metamoris and has been in some shady practices that have even made his brothers distance themselves from him.
All of this has led his father, the lawyers Rorion Gracie to suggest his son redeem himself in combat jiu-jitsu (given that the stint at Bellator wasn’t really working). Eddie revealed on JRE:
After we did the first Combat Jiu Jitsu tournament at EBI 11, that’s when I first introduced it, Rorion Gracie calls me. I never talked to Rorion Gracie ever! He called Rolls Gracie to get my number. He wanted call me and…and I’m on the phone with Rorion Gracie and he’s thanking me for putting together Combat Jiu Jitsu. [In Rorion Gracie’s voice] “Eddie, this is how we used to do it in Brazil. I wanted Ralek to do this, but Ralek would not do this. This is what we wanted. Thank you. This is the real jiu-jitsu.”