Mixed martial artist
| Ryan Gracie Team|
Pride FC: Bushido: Vol. 1
| August 14, 1974
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1974-08-14) |
Bad Boy Gracie
185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Gracie jiu-jitsu, Vale Tudo
December 15, 2007, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Kyra Gracie, Catarina Gracie, Cora Gracie
Renzo Gracie, Kyra Gracie, Ralph Gracie, Daniel Gracie, Rickson Gracie
Ryan Gracie Wikipedia
Ryan Gracie (; August 14, 1974 – December 15, 2007) was a Brazilian mixed martial artist with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was a member of the Gracie family, and the grandson of Carlos Gracie, one of the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Ryan trained with his brothers Renzo Gracie and Ralph Gracie, who often served as his cornerman. He also trained Pancrase fighter Gabriel Vella and jiu-jitsu world champion Fabio Leopoldo while in Brazil.
Gracie had seven fights in the PRIDE organization, with his first at PRIDE 10 in 2000 and his most recent at PRIDE Shockwave 2004. PRIDE billed Ryan as the "bad boy" of the family who reputedly gained experience fighting in the streets of Brazil. In interviews in 2004, Gracie expressed a strong interest in fighting Kazushi Sakuraba and Hidehiko Yoshida. Sakuraba, known as the "Gracie Hunter" for his many victories over the Gracie family, earlier defeated Ryan with a decision win in 2000.
Ryan was the leader and head coach of Gracie São Paulo, one of the largest jiu-jitsu associations in Brazil, with affiliated schools spread over the world. Supported by his cousins Carlos Russo, Daniel Simões and Renzo Gracie, the academy is home of several world champions.
He was the youngest son of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master Robson Gracie. On December 8, 2002 his only son, Rayron Gracie, was born. Ryan's brothers are Charles Gracie, Renzo Gracie, and Ralph Gracie.
In October 2005, Gracie suffered an accidental gunshot wound to the leg while reaching into a closet in his sister's house in Rio de Janeiro, according to a report by GracieMag.com. He was hospitalized and returned to stable condition after receiving a blood transfusion.
On December 15, 2007 at 7:00 am Ryan Gracie was found dead in a jail cell in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A few hours earlier, at about 1:30 am, Gracie had been arrested for stealing and crashing a car, then attempting to hijack a motorcycle to flee from police officers. The owner of the motorcycle hit Gracie on the head, and he was detained by several cyclists until police arrived. A toxicological examination at the Medical Legal Institute was conducted, after which he was transported to the police station. While in jail, Ryan Gracie's wife called psychiatrist Dr. Sabino Ferreira de Faria to attend to him. The psychiatrist was later accused of negligence by over prescribing medication and causing the death of Ryan. He was later sentenced to two years of community service for recklessness. The doctor was with Gracie most of the night, and was notified of Ryan Gracie's death as he was driving home. Gracie was found alone and slumped into a corner when police were checking the cells.