Royce Gracie discusses son’s pro debut at Bellator 192

Friday, January 19, 2018

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as we know it was developed in no small part by Helio Gracie. His son Royce made it clear to the entire martial arts world that BJJ works. Now Royce’s son Khonry makes his pro debut at Bellator 192 on Saturday.

“I understand the game, and I already told him, it doesn’t matter what happens,” said Royce to Gabriel Gonzalez for CageSide. “It’s a fight. He trained to win, he did everything, he sacrificed the time, the discipline was perfect. But again it’s a fight, anything can happen.”

“I was the one who set up his schedule, introduced him to the coaches and trainers. … Preparation was good. He did a lot of jiu-jitsu, that’s in the blood, but he’s been training some standup, working hard with Freddie Roach.”

“He did some wrestling with Mark Munoz at King’s MMA. Conditioning, we got the best guy in the game, James Strom, he used to be the UFC strength coach, so the guy knows what he’s doing. I’ve been with him the last 17, 18 years. That’s endurance – the name of the game.”

“You don’t have to be a black belt, but I tell my kids the same thing: you don’t have to be a fighter, you don’t have to teach jiu-jitsu, but you have to know, because you’re my son. People will challenge you on that.”


Bellator 192: Lima vs. MacDonald will be held on January 20, 2018 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Main Card (live in prime time on Paramount Network)
Douglas Lima (c) vs. Rory MacDonald
Quinton Jackson vs. Chael Sonnen
Michael Chandler vs. Goiti Yamauchi
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Henry Corrales
Aaron Pico vs. Shane Kruchten
Prelim Card (
Khonry Gracie vs. Devon Brock
Kyle Estrada vs. David Duran
Christopher Padilla vs. Gabriel Green
Cooper Gibson vs. Jacob Rosales
Noah Tillis vs. Jalin Turner