Kron Gracie is currently the only representative of the Gracie family in the UFC. He had his first match in 2019, winning against Alex Cacares with a Rear Naked Choke. In the same year, however, Cub Swanson beat him via unanimous decision. But, what made Kron’s matches particularly interesting for many Jiu-Jitsu fans was that he focused on striking throughout them; not on Jiu-Jitsu, which is his specialty.
Relson Gracie (his uncle) had shared a few words of opinion on Kron’s decision to opt for striking.
In an interview for Canal do Marinho on Youtube, he said:
These changes, these new coaches, who come with the mentality that you have to know how to change… You don’t need to know how to change anything. He’s training with those kids (Nick and Nate Diaz), this whole gang is made out of changers. I would never do boxing, you don’t need to do boxing.
Relson also reached out his hand to his nephew, claiming:
Come train with me. If he moves to Brazil, he spends three months here with me. Go back to being a fast world champion. It takes six months of classes here with me, I change Kron. I will sign: if he loses, I stop teaching.
In three months, this boy won’t throw another punch. He’s going back to its origins.
[Translated from Portuguese]
Watch the full interview (in Portuguese) here: