If you are an MMA fan, the Gracie name has to be given credit for the early popularity of MMA and the UFC. Since UFC 1, the legendary family proved just how well that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu works in a styles vs styles format. Helio Gracie sent his young son, Royce to prove to the rest of the world that technique and leverage matter more than the size and strength. For anyone doing Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil or the rest of the world for that matter, it is most likely because of the influence of the Gracie family. Thanks to the Gracies the gentle art is available to people worldwide. This is the reason why NJMA is proud of Tim Carpenter when he fought against the very game Daniel Gracie.
Tim Carpenter is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt himself and he is not a stranger to high level competition either inside the cage or on grappling mats. He has had the opportunity to face off against legends of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Roger Gracie, Robert Drysdale, Fernando “margarida” Pontes and Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro. Garnering Tim and invite to the prestigious ADCC world submission grappling championships. And in Bellator 38, he ended up winning a split decision victory against Daniel Gracie. Tim Carpenter is a talented 205 contender who entered and exited that night undefeated. It was tough fight for both that night as he went up against not only a representative of the Gracie family but also against a legendary coach. Coaching Daniel Gracie was none other than the legend Renzo Gracie.
Round one was a spectacular round for both guys. Tim Carpenter used his superior striking skills ensuring that he got a dominant top position early on. He mounted Gracie and used an effective ground and pound went for various submissions. By the last minutes of the round, it was Gracie who then turned things up trying to pass while Tim Carpenter is trying to center his hips to regain his guard. Tim showed the Gracie family member that he was not afraid to engage him on the ground. Second round was still a close round but could go to Tim Carpenter. The third round was a late rally for Gracie. At the end of the night, it was a split decision in favor of the hard hitting and even harder working Tim Carpenter.
Being able to beat someone from the Gracie family is a feat that you can be proud of. This is the reason why Kazushi Sakuraba’s claim to fame is his moniker the Gracie hunter, having defeated Royce, Ryan, Renzo and Royler Gracie. The Gracies have showed the MMA world how the ground game is played. They also managed to make MMA a sport of its own by integrating their style as a pillar of the fastest growing sports in the planet Mixed Martial Arts. The dream of any black belt is to beat a Gracie at their own game. This is the reason why many Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belts jump at the chance to compete against the Gracie family. This is also the reason why even in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we see the likes of young talents like Buchecha Almeida (Current World Champion) face off against Roger Gracie (arguably the best Gracie to compete in the modern era) at the Metamoris. Names and careers can be made with a victory over this fighting family.
For any fighter, it is only natural to seek the toughest opponents that a fight organization can provide you. It signifies not only the spirit of competition but it could potentially mean a passing of the torch. The Gracies have long been active in the grappling and the fighting scene, and all fighters fighting MMA owe a debt of gratitude to them. For Tim Carpenter defeating Daniel Gracie and battling it out on the ground on multiple occasions that night, this just signifies how Tim and his coach Professor Marco Perazzo have honed his techniques and proved his point that no matter where the fight goes a Professor Perazzo trained fighter is ready to take the victory be it by upper cut knock out or armbar from the guard.