In a very classy show of appreciation and remembrance, the UFC will be dedicating tonight’s event, UFC 94 St. Pierre vs Penn 2, to the memory of the late Grand Master Helio Gracie.
The Grandfather of MMA, and founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Helio Gracie passed away at age 95 on Thursday. Before the beginning of the show, UFC officials will announce the tribute to the public at MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, USA.
A statement given on the UFC’s official website on Thursday, reads, “The legendary patriarch of jiu-jitsu’s first family, Helio Gracie, has passed away at the age of 95. The father of nine children, including UFC Hall of Famer Royce, the master of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was revered throughout the world for his gentle manner off the mat and his amazing skill and technique on it. He will be sorely missed. The UFC sends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Helio Gracie”
Here is a video of the Master at 91 years of age still going strong…