Kron Gracie Returns to Octagon for UFC 288

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 16: Kron Gracie of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at Comerica Theatre on February 16, 2019 in the Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Kron Gracie set for return to the Octagon on May 6 in Newark at UFC 288.

Kron Gracie is set to return to the cage for the first time since 2019, when he recorded his first career loss. After a three-and-a-half year layoff, Gracie will officially be making his return to the Octagon at UFC 288. Kron Gracie is the son of reportedly undefeated combat sports legend and 9th degree BJJ red belt Rickson Gracie.

Kron will be facing off against Canadian Charles Jourdain, who is currently looking to make a comeback after back-to-back decision losses against Nathaniel Wood and Shane Burgos. Similar to his opponent, Kron will also be returning off a decision loss after he lost via unanimous decision to Cub Swanson back in 2019.

The 34-year-old also has an elite grappling background, not only being the son of Rickson but he was also the 2013 ADCC champion, submitting all of his opponents including Garry Tonon, and placed second at the IBJJF World Championships in 2011 submitting BJJ legend Leandro Lo. Kron began training MMA in 2014, and carried over his relentless submission style into his cage fighting, winning all of his first four MMA bouts via submission, leaving him with a 5-1 pro MMA record.

In his UFC return, Gracie is scheduled to face Charles Jourdain (13 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw) in a three-round featherweight bout. On the same card, UFC submission record-holder and former featherweight champion Charles Oliveira faces Gracie Barra black belt Beneil Dariush; and Olympic Wrestling champion Henry Cejudo also returns to the UFC to face bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling.

Lucy Wynne

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