ADCC world champion grappler Kron Gracie will make his Rizin Fighting Federation debut at the promotion’s World Grand Prix event from December 29-31, 2015 in Japan. According to Rizin general manager Nobuhiro Takada, Gracie will fight the nephew of Japanese Olympic wrestler “Kid” Yamamoto in the same event where MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko will make his highly anticipated return.
Kron is a scion of the famous Gracie family of jiu-jitsu and MMA. His father is former fighter Rickson who is the half brother of Royce, the UFC pioneer while grandfather Helio is one of the pillars of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The 2013 ADCC under 77 kg World Champion made an auspicious MMA debut last December 23, 2014, submitting Hyun Soo Kim via armbar in just 65 seconds:
Gracie’s opponent is 19 year old Asen Yamamoto, the nephew of Japanese superstar Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto. Not much is known about his exploits but he is considered as a “wrestling prodigy” in Japan, especially with his blood line.
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