Welcome to the UFC: Kron Gracie
The UFC is coming to Anaheim, California on January 26th. The card is almost finalized and the UFC would make a quite surprising announcement with the signing of Kron Gracie. Gracie will debut against UFC veteran Alex Caceres (14-11 MMA, 9-9 (1NC) UFC).
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Trains out of Gracie Humaita
4 Submissions (2 Rear-naked-choke’s, armbar, guillotine)
How does Kron Gracie fare in the UFC?
Kron is riding a lot of hype coming into his UFC debut sharing the very popular last name in Jiu-Jitsu Gracie. Kron is the youngest son of the legendary Jiu-Jitsu master and MMA pioneer, Rickson Gracie. Kron at 30 years of age has accomplished a lot in the Jiu-Jitsu world including earning his black belt from his father at age 19. Kron has also a list of accomplishments such as the 2009 European Champion in BJJ, 2013 ADCC submission wrestling champion, 2005 CBJJ Pan American Championships, the 2007 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship, the 2007 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship and much more. Gracie only has four MMA bouts but with four submissions including an impressive victory over Japanese star and former UFC fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri. Without question, Gracie is an expert on the mat and wants the fights on the mat as soon as possible. He’s been working with the Diaz brothers so you could see his striking improving along the way. As of now in his career, he’s shown good resilience in the clinch with his dirty boxing. At a distance, Kron is green in terms of footwork and striking as a whole. He’s also not a wrestler where he mainly pulls guard to get to the mat. If he does hit that mat and you’re with him you’re in trouble as he is terrific with his submission attack. Overall with his skill set as of now, he won’t make it far in the UFC as being one-dimensional and pulling guard. If he can just adjust on his wrestling or striking he’s a major threat.
How he matches up with Alex Caceres?
Caceres is getting thrown to the wolves here as he is a fun fighter but limited and inconsistent. Caceres always does well in fights but usually wrong decisions and small errors cost him fights. Caceres is too careless with his output and doesn’t have too good of distance management. Some point it this fight I think it hits the mat and Gracie capitalizes.