Kron Gracie shares reason for lack of punches in UFC 288 defeat due to misguided advice

After a period of silence that lasted nearly a week and a half, Kron Gracie has finally opened up about his decision loss to Charles Jourdain at UFC 288 on May 6. Returning to the octagon more than three years after his previous bout, the talented jiu-jitsu practitioner went the distance with Jourdain in a full 15-minute bout in Newark, N.J.

UFC President Dana White later likened the fight to a trip back in time to 1995, claiming that the son of legendary fighter Rickson Gracie “came in very limited tonight.” The 34-year-old fighter took his inner thoughts and feelings on the loss, revealing that he was following “bad advice.” According to his post, fighting to the death had always been Gracie’s motto, but he admitted that he had been willing to limit himself that night.

Despite this, he expressed regret that he hadn’t thrown any punches due to the advice he had received, and explained that he was trying to please the jiu-jitsu community just two days before the bout.

Gracie’s stats for the bout showed that he had landed 32 of 57 significant strikes, while absorbing 80 of Jourdain’s 168 attempted significant strikes. With his second straight defeat, Gracie’s UFC record fell to 1-2, while his overall MMA career record stands at 5-2.

It is worth noting that prior to this recent loss, the ADCC gold medalist had scored five submission finishes in his first five MMA contests, including three rear-naked chokes in a row against Hideo Tokoro, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Alex Caceres between 2016 and 2019.


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