Kron Gracie is now set to make his MMA comeback almost four years after his last fight, as he’s booked to compete against Charles Jourdain at UFC 288 on May 6th, 2023. He has been missing in action ever since he suffered the first professional loss of his career all the way back at UFC on ESPN+ 19, where he fought Cub Swanson in the co-main event of the card. Up until that point it seemed as though his career was going at a fantastic pace, he might’ve found himself ranked in the featherweight division relatively soon and on his way to a title-shot inside of a few years.
Kron was obviously better known as a grappler and made a name for himself in the professional Jiu-Jitsu world with some great performances over the years, culminating in an ADCC world championship in 2013. He embarked on a professional MMA career back in 2014, signing a contract with Rizin and diving in to the sport head-first. He rattled off four quick wins for the promotion by submitting each of his opponents, with only one of them actually managing to make it out of the first round. After a short break from the sport, he signed for the UFC and made his promotional debut against Alex Caceres.
Although Kron submitted Caceres in the first round in impressive fashion, fans were left wondering how he would fare when faced with a striker over a longer fight. It wasn’t long before they found out though, as his next fight with Swanson was primarily a striking battle contested over the full three rounds. Kron lost a lopsided decision and he attracted criticism from several members of his own family along with the MMA fanbase at large. Shortly after the fight he announced that he was going to move to Montana to open up his own gym, but there was no news on whether he would fight again.
Now Kron Gracie will be launching a comeback in his MMA career as he takes on Charles Jourdain at UFC 288 on May 6th, 2023 and fans will be able to see if his striking has developed any further than before.