Completed Bout

Royce Gracie vs. Kimo Leopoldo

Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals

Royce Gracie defeats Kimo Leopoldo via Submission at 4:40 of Round 1

mmaweekly.com Royce Gracie
mmaweekly.com Kimo Leopoldo

Gracie
Submission
Round 1

7-0-0   Pro Record At Fight   0-0-0
Climbed to 8-0   Record After Fight   Fell to 0-1
Brazil   Nationality   Germany
Torrance, California   Fighting out of   USA
27 years, 8 months, 28 days   Age at Fight   26 years, 8 months, 5 days
176.0 lbs (79.8 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   250.0 lbs (113.4 kgs)
6'0" (183cm)   Height   6'3" (191cm)
Gracie Humaita   Gym  
UFC 3
  • Bout Information
  • Date: Friday 09.09.1994 at 11:00 PM ET
  • Referee: John McCarthy
  • Venue: Grady Cole Center
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 4 of 6)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight:
  • TV Commentary: Brian Kilmeade, Jim Brown, Ben Perry
  • Broadcast:
  • Post-Fight Interviewer:
  • Gracie Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Leopoldo Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Tournament: UFC 3
  • Tournament Round: Quarter-Finals

Gracie vs. Leopoldo Wiki Update Wiki

Although Kimo Leopoldo has no professional fight experience prior to his UFC 3 bout with Royce Gracie, he had every conceivable physical advantage heading into the fight, outweighing Gracie by upwards of 50 lbs. In one of his most mesmerizing displays of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ever, Gracie tapped Leopoldo with a first-round Armbar after a furious back-and-forth struggle.


Gracie entered the cage first wearing his traditional BJJ Gi and accompanied by several members of the Gracie family in a train formation, hands on each others’ shoulders. Kimo came out next carrying a huge wooden cross on his back.


After Gracie pushed Leopoldo against the cage for the first minute of action, Kimo wound up on Gracie’s back when the Brazilian attempted a trip takedown. Leopoldo could not hold the position for long, however, as Gracie reversed him, pulled guard, latched onto Leopoldo’s ponytail, and after some tense moments, eventually sunk in the Armbar at the 4:40 mark.


Following the bout, Leopoldo achieved moderate success in his career until a string of losses in 2006 prompted his retirement. For Gracie, the win marked his eighth in a row, and while he was forced to withdraw from the second bout of the UFC 3 tournament due to injury, he went on to win the title again in the UFC 4 tournament later that year.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:29 PM ET
Wiki Contributors:

  • MMA Weekly : John Dodson Says He’ll KO Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson When They Rematch
  • MMA Weekly : UFC Fight Night 67 Flashback: Carlos Condit Takes Out Martin Kampmann
  • MMAFighting.com : Joanne Calderwood on the drama before Maryna Moroz loss: ‘It was kind of a breaking point for me’
  • MMAFighting.com : Carlos Condit: Win over Thiago Alves ‘will put me right back in title contention’
  • MMA Weekly : Chris Weidman Nearly Pooped Himself in the Octagon at UFC 187
  • MMA Junkie : The story behind Ryan Bader's UFC 187 press conference clash with Daniel Cormier
  • MMA Junkie : UFC 187 medical suspensions: Cormier, Johnson, Weidman, Belfort all get shelf time
  • MMA Junkie : Video: What are the most coveted potential superfights in the UFC?
  • MMAFighting.com : Tyrone Spong vs. Mike Kyle, flyweight title fight added to WSOF 22
  • MMA Weekly : UFC 187 Fighter Salaries: Chris Weidman and Anthony Johnson Top Payroll
  • MMA Weekly : Donald Cerrone Earns UFC Title Shot, Finally Willing to Wait
  • MMA Junkie : UFC 187 salaries: Weidman, Johnson ($500,000 each) top $2.452 million payroll
  • MMAFighting.com : UFC 187 salaries: Chris Weidman, Anthony Johnson score $500,000 paydays
  • MMA Weekly : Shinya Aoki Would Drop to Featherweight for Bibiano Fernandes Superfight
  • MMA Junkie : USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, May 26: Cormier is champ, but is he No. 1?
  • MMAFighting.com : Sara McMann believes the UFC's Reebok deal could be unfair to women, seeking counsel
  • MMAFighting.com : Signal to Noise: UFC 187's best and worst
  • MMA Junkie : Michael Johnson on 'scared' Benson Henderson: 'He doesn't want to fight'
  • MMAFighting.com : Daniel Cormier: Ryan Bader 'must be talking to McGregor or something'
  • MMA Weekly : UFC Fight Night 67: Condit vs. Alves Event Page and Fight Card