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Renzo Gracie doc to premiere at US Sports Film Festival

"Renzo Gracie: Legacy," a documentary on the MMA veteran and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master, has been selected for the inaugural US Sports Film Festival in Philadelphia.

The festival, calling itself "the most comprehensive sports film festival in United States history," will run from Oct. 23 through Oct. 26.

"Given MMA's rising popularity worldwide and its recent approval for competition in the state of Pennsylvania, the debut of the life story of such a living legend as Renzo Gracie was a perfect fit [for the festival in Philadelphia]," said Stephan Hartman, the festival founder and president.

Program Description:

The name "Gracie" is synonymous with jiu-jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts, one of the world's fastest rising cultural phenomenon. While the stories of some of the original Gracie jiu-jitsu masters?Royce, Rorion?have been told, this new film will look at the man who is responsible for the sports unprecedented growth in the United States today?Brazilian Renzo Gracie. The film follows Gracie from his early days learning the sport in his native Brazil to his time coming to New York and becoming first a world champion, and then a master instructor from the streets of Sao Paulo to Japan and even Abu Dhabi. Renzo Gracie: Legacy provides a rare look into the making of an MMA champion and coach, through the eyes of one of the most respected stars of the sport.

Gracie last fought on Feb. 2007 and defeated Frank Shamrock at the inaugural EliteXC event, "Destiny" in Southaven, Miss. Shamrock was disqualified for throwing illegal knees to the back of Gracie's head.