Rayron Gracie has just released a documentary that centers around the delicate process that he’s undergone in order to come to terms with the passing of his father, Ryan Gracie. It makes sense that this might be a difficult thing to wrestle with considering that Rayron was only a few days past his sixth birthday when Ryan sadly passed away in 2007. The news came as a huge shock to both the BJJ and MMA community as Ryan was a prominent figure in the former by virtue of his family name, and a prominent figure in the second due to a solid record in the PRIDE FC ring.
Ryan was always marketed as the “bad boy” of the Gracie family in during his career competing for PRIDE FC, one that saw him rack up a 5-2 record before suffering a gunshot injury that put him on the sidelines in 2005. He would go on to make a successful recovery before the sequence of events that ultimately led to his death in 2007. Ryan was arrested one night for stealing a car and attempting to hijack a motorcycle, before getting into an altercation with the owner of the motorcycle and being detained by several cyclists until police arrived.
When he got to the station, he was attended to by a psychiatrist enlisted by his wife who over-prescribed medication that night that resulted in his death while still detained by police. Since then the psychiatrist was accused of medical negligence and later punished with community service as a result of his recklessness. In his father’s absence, Rayron has stuck with the family business and gone on to establish himself as a successful competitor at purple belt after winning the IBJJF World Championships at blue belt prior to being promoted.
Rayron Gracie has released the full documentary to be viewed for free on his official YouTube channel:
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