The Gracie family holds a special place in the legend of martial arts. Their jiu-jitsu techniques changed the way people viewed martial arts forever. Not only is the family legendary in the jiu-jitsu world, but many Gracie family members have competed in MMA as well.
Kyra Gracie, who is a five time jiu-jitsu world champion and three time ADCC champion, hopes to make her UFC debut when the Strawweight division is unveiled. She spoke with MMAFighting about her potential MMA debut:
I’m pregnant, so I won’t be able to compete this year. I’ve accomplished all my goals in jiu-jitsu. Competing at the Mundial or ADCC is not in my plans. I only visualize the possibility of returning to jiu-jitsu in a superfight.
My will to fight MMA is bigger than returning to jiu-jitsu competition. That would demand more dedication that I will be able to have in the next months. My only concern now is with my child, a new Gracie to the family.
Fighting (MMA) will never leave my plans. The natural path is to fight in smaller promotions, gain experience and then enter the UFC. That’s how I would like it to be.
Many athletes become mothers and can return to competition in the highest level. I will stay focused on my child for a while because I want to enjoy the pregnancy as much as I can. Even away from the hard training in MMA and jiu-jitsu for a while, I will do my best to maintain my pregnancy with the welfare of an athlete.
I will continue with physical activities and good nutrition, it will certainly help me to return as soon as possible. Like all women in any profession, I will live the life of a mother and the life of a fighter. I just need some time to adjust it.
Kyra Gracie would not be the first mom in the UFC, as Cat Zingano is a mother as well. With TUF 20 featuring Strawweights set to air in September, it is possible that we could see Kyra in the UFC as soon as 2015.