The inaugural class of the ADCC Hall of Fame has grown once again as Royler Gracie has just been announced as the seventh person to be inducted. It all started with one of the greatest competitors to have ever graced the mats, as Roger Gracie was the first man included in the ADCC Hall of Fame. Shortly after that he was joined by the reigning ADCC superfight champion Andre Galvao, and the man with the most gold medals from weight-classes, Marcelo Garcia. They weren’t alone for long though, as the promotion has continued to add one more member every single week since Roger Gracie was first announced.
Next up for inclusion was Ricardo Arona, shortly before the first and currently only woman was added to the group, Kyra Gracie. Between then and now, the only other person to be inducted into the ADCC Hall of Fame was triple crown winner Braulio Estima. Now another grappler has joined that illustrious group, and for very good reason. Royler Gracie is not only one of a tiny number of three-time ADCC world champions but he was actually the very first person to win a weightclass three times as well, having won the 66kg division in 1999, 2000, and 2001.
In fact, only Marcelo Garcia and Rubens Charles ‘Cobrinha’ have ever managed to win three consecutive weight divisions at the ADCC world championships, although JT Torres is attempting to join that elite group in 2022. Royler Gracie has been retired for a very long time but is fondly remembered as one of the most unstoppable forces in the lightest weightclasses and even managed to make use of his grappling skill as an MMA fighter as well, eventually amassing a 5-5-1 professional record.
The promotion announced Royler Gracie as the latest inductee to the ADCC Hall of Fame in a post to their official Instagram account: