The black belt Kron Gracie, 25, believes in a change of focus in his carrier: it’s time to migrate to the land full of danger and adrenaline of MMA. The ADCC champion in 2013 confirmed that he would make his debut in 2014, probably between May and August.
As for sports Jiu-Jitsu, Kron said he is ” a little out of the loop “, although he makes exceptions to NO-GI tournaments like the ADCC and any other submissions only fighting challenges. Still, the beast has been training regularly in the kimono. First, the 77kg fighter alienated some rumors circulating in the Japanese press that he would make his debut at Pancrase.
” No, it’s not the Pancrase ,” Kron said, back to California after a series of seminars in Brazil . ” As we have not closed anything yet, I do not want to talk. I learned that in life, when you have something you want very much but are not 100 % in your hands, it is not good to say anything before it actually happens. You end up taking the energy out of it. ”
However, the Gracie said he could still fight in the United States or even in Brazil:
” I really have some things going on in Japan, not only in relation to MMA. But I am open to proposals for events in the USA, Brazil or another country. I think Japan would be the coolest place because of the their excitement, the respect they’ve shown, and for the offer, since they will pay more. I want to study my options to make the most accurate decision possible. It is not closed yet, but their idea is that the fight should be in August. I’d rather do more than one fight in 2014, so I want to make my debut soon in May or June. Let’s see, “said the welterweight.
Rickson’s son also praised the colleagues from his cousin Cesar Gracie’s academy, which has helped him exchange punches and in Jiu-Jitsu. He also talked about an expected return of Nick Diaz to the UFC.
“It’s great to train with guys as hard as them, and all of them coming from good results, as Gilbert Melendez, Nate Diaz and Jake Shields won their last fights, and I also won the ADCC,” said Kron.
“About Nick, I do not know, the last time we talked he was completely retired. Time off more than deserved, after 12 years fighting almost every three months and facing the highest-level fighters. But I think his motivation is to return, even if he comes back to make good money because he’s just spending “joked the black belt.