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Report: UFC on the verge of signing BJJ prodigy Kron Gracie

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Kron Gracie, son of the legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Rickson Gracie, is on the verge of signing an exclusive deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), per a recent report by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

According to the report, UFC would like to book Gracie for UFC 233 on Jan 26 in Anaheim, California. Gracie currently resides in the Los Angeles area so it would be a homecoming of sorts.

Gracie, 30, is one of the best BJJ practitioners in the world today, let alone one who carries his talents over into MMA competition. While Gracie has gained some popularity over the years as a close friend of Nick and Nate Diaz, the talented fighter has also produced an unblemished 4-0 professional MMA record. This includes four total submission victories, three wins under the RIZIN FF banner, and a recent destruction of UFC veteran and Japanese great Tatsuya Kawajiri.

Gracie also holds a 28-11 (24 submissions) professional grappling record, which includes a submission victory over current BJJ great Garry Tonon back in 2013.

If UFC is able to pull off this deal it will add yet another wrinkle to the already stacked featherweight division. Not to mention the promotion will be turning back the clock to welcome home another Gracie.

Stick with Mania as negotiations further develop.