Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu prodigy Kron Gracie has just defeated Alex Caceres via first-round rear naked choke on his Octagon debut and some of the biggest names in the sport have lauded him for a great performance in his baptism of fire.
Conor McGregor has been waiting for Gracie’s UFC debut and it lived up to his expectations as ‘Ice Cream’ made a quick work of his opponent at UFC on ESPN 1 in Arizona.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) February 18, 2019
Enter the Mix
The BJJ stunner tapped Caceres with a rear-naked choke at the 2:06 mark of their featherweight showdown’s opening round in Phoenix. Aside from having Nate Diaz on his corner, Gracie has also won McGregor’s applause for his impressive debut stoppage.
Taking to Twitter, ‘The Notorious’ did not only congratulate the young Gracie but also welcomed him into the game.
“Enter the mix young son. Congratulations,” the former UFC double champion wrote.
Enter the mix young son.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 18, 2019
Top 10, Hopefully
Without a doubt, the 30-year-old represented the BJJ community well on a larger stage following the tremendous debut. Aside from this, his first-ever UFC match has already made him a prospect in the division; catching the attention of the promotion’s biggest star.
While ‘Ice Cream’ does not need the Irish star’s nod to prove his fighting prowess, it’s great to see McGregor paying respect when it’s due. Gracie has won four of his mixed martial arts bouts outside UFC and is training with the former champ-champ’s nemesis Nate Diaz.
The Brazilian fighter ate a punch to get in close to Caceres at their UFC Phoenix match but he was able to do his bid along the cage; hooking ‘Bruce Leroy’ with his leg and dragging him to the canvas. He was eventually able to wrap his opponent up mid-round to submit him early with a rear-naked choke.
“I’d like to come back as soon as possible,” Gracie responded when asked about his fighting future. “I’d like to thank my team, Nate Diaz, everybody who’s in my corner. Thank you all. Thanks to all my fans.”
“It feels great and whatever is next is whoever is next. Whoever wants to get it, they will get it. Top 10 hopefully somebody,” Gracie told the UFC concerning the next opponent he wants to take on.
— UFC News (@UFCNews) February 18, 2019
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) February 18, 2019
UFC Phoenix Full Results
Francis Ngannou def. Cain Velasquez via first-round TKO (0:26)
Paul Felder def. James Vick via unanimous decision
Cynthia Calvillo def. Cortney Casey via unanimous decision
Kron Gracie def. Alex Caceres via submission (RNC) (R1, 2:06)
Vicente Luque def. Bryan Barberena via third-round TKO (4:54)
Andre Fili def. Myles Jury via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Aljamain Sterling def. Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Manny Bermudez def. Benito Lopez via submission (D’arce choke) (R1, 3:09)
Andrea Lee def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Nik Lentz def. Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Luke Sanders def. Renan Barao via second-round TKO (1:01)
Emily Whitmire def. Aleksandra Albu via submission (RNC) (R1, 1:01)
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