Grappling Sensation Kron Gracie Makes his Second Octagon Walk this October
By Ross Markey
A featherweight clash between one-time perennial contender Cub Swanson and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu star Kron Gracie has been sealed for October’s UFC Fight Night Tampa.
California native Swanson is currently on a four-fight slide, with his most recent win coming in early 2017, while Gracie looks to remain undefeated in his five-fight professional career after a successful Octagon debut at the beginning of the year.
Dropping losses to Shane Burgos, Frankie Edgar and grapplers Renato Moicano and Brian Ortega in his last four Octagon walks, a match up with yet another grappling ace not only represents a gigantic hurdle for Swanson, but also a majorly important match up in terms of his future in the promotion.
The 35-year-old has notoriously struggled when pitted with high-level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the past and has become somewhat of a stepping stone at 145 pounds. A pairing with Brazil’s Gracie is a dangerous commitment to make.
Making his Octagon bow in impressive fashion in February, the son of legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu pioneer Rickson Gracie, made good on his UFC call. Earning a first-round rear-naked choke victory after a splendid back take of Alex Caceres, Kron moved to 5-0 as a professional.
Honing his craft alongside recent UFC 241 big winner Nate Diaz at Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in California, Kron outlined his intention to remain active throughout the year. Kron has finished all five of his opponents, including a submission of former UFC featherweight Tatsuya Kawajiri in RIZIN.
Gracie’s submission grappling record is also quite impressive, with the 31-year-old holding victories over Garry Tonon, Shinya Aoki, UFC lightweight Beniel Dariush, and compatriot Otávio Souza to name a few.
UFC Fight Night Tampa takes place on October 12th. from the Amalie Arena, with a potential strawweight title eliminator between former division best Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson confirmed to headline the Florida event.