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
Brazil   Nationality   Germany
Torrance, California   Fighting out of   USA
27   Age at Fight   26
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)
  • 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 Junkie : CABMMA: UFC Fight Night 56 drug tests come back clean
  • MMA Weekly : Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira Headlines UFC Fight Night 61 in Brazil
  • MMAFighting.com : Mitch Gagnon says UFC will have a new rising star after he beats Renan Barao in Brazil
  • Middle Easy : Throwback Thursday: Re-watch the Arguable Knockout of the Century at Glory 16
  • Middle Easy : Go inside the making of Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta with the new web series The Sprint
  • MMA Junkie : Twitter Mailbag: From UFC lawsuits to Greek tragedies, and everything in between
  • MMAFighting.com : CABMAA: All drug tests from UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux come back clean
  • MMA Weekly : Jon Jones Undergoes Random Drug Test in UFC 182 Lead-up
  • MMA Junkie : UFC 182 complete with Dufresne vs. Reneau; Burkman-Lombard kicks off pay-per-view
  • MMA Junkie : UFC 182 lineup complete with Dufresne vs. Reneau, Burkman-Lombard kicks off pay-per-view
  • MMA Junkie : UFC 182 complete with Dufresne vs. Reneau, Burkman-Lombard kicks off pay-per-view
  • MMAFighting.com : Dana White responds to Ben Askren, critics of CM Punk signing
  • MMA Weekly : Knockout Radio Live: Ben Saunders and the UFC Lawsuit
  • MMA Junkie : UFC's Mike Rhodes: 'I'm not going to weather the storm – I'm going to create it'
  • Middle Easy : Joseph Benavidez's Christmas card is better than your Christmas card
  • MMAFighting.com : Jon Jones gets randomly drug tested ahead of UFC 182
  • MMA Weekly : C.B. Dollaway : “Lyoto Machida is the Only Thing Standing in the Way of Me and a Title Fight”
  • MMA Junkie : Video: Titan FC 32's Desmond Green says Steven Siler made 'a big mistake'
  • MMA Junkie : Sam Alvey-Cezar Ferreira, Rustam Khabilov-Adriano Martins added to UFC Fight Night 61
  • MMAFighting.com : Glover Teixeira's manager says fighter is not yet cleared to meet Rashad Evans