MMA legend Royce Gracie only had one fight in Bellator MMA, but it was a memorable one. His third and presumably final encounter with Ken Shamrock in 2016 did huge ratings on Spike TV and proved that both men were still a draw to the casual viewing audience.
Gracie has continued his association with Bellator ever since through fan meet and greet appearances and bobblehead giveaways at shows, but by signing his son Khonry Gracie, they have extended that cordial relationship and taken it to a whole new level.
In his amateur debut last September, Gracie wore Bellator MMA gloves to the cage, but teased that he would sign with the first promotion to make a big offer.
“My dad is with Bellator now, so... again, it's first come first serve. I'll go anywhere. I just want to fight, I just want to represent my last name, my grandfather's jiu-jitsu. I'm here for the family, I'm not here to see what promotion I fight for. That has nothing to do with it.”
Apparently the gloves were more than a tease though as Gracie is already scheduled for his debut at Bellator 192 in Inglewood, Calif. against an opponent yet to be named. There’s little doubt his famous father will be in tow for the show.
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