Royce Gracie vs. Kimo Leopoldo
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
Royce Gracie defeats Kimo Leopoldo via Submission at 4:40 of Round 1
|7-0-0||Pro Record At Fight||0-0-0|
|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)|
- 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)
- TV Commentary: Brian Kilmeade, Jim Brown, Ben Perry
- Post-Fight Interviewer:
- Gracie Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Leopoldo Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Tournament: UFC 3
- Tournament Round: Quarter-Finals
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.