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Kron Gracie set to make his MMA debut against Hyung Soo Kim

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Grappling wizard Kron Gracie has an opponent for his first MMA bout.

Kron Gracie, Son of MMA and jiu-jitsu legend Rickson Gracie, will meet Hyung Soo Kim in a lightweight bout at Real Fight Championship 1 on Dec. 23 in Japan, the promotion announced.

Both Gracie and Kim will compete for the first time under MMA rules.

Gracie, a multiple-time jiu-jitsu and grappling champion, holds wins over the likes of Shinya Aoki and Sergio Moraes. Kim makes his MMA debut after a career in wrestling.

In an interview to in October, Rickson discussed his son’s MMA debut.

"He’s focused, he wants to bring jiu-jitsu back to MMA," Gracie said. "He’s not doing crosstraining to work on his weaknesses. He won’t start boxing, kickboxing, wrestling. He will use his jiu-jitsu to neutralize the wrestler, the striker, and work on his expertise.

"I don’t want him to learn how to knock someone out with a punch. He would need another life just to learn how to deal with fighters who come from this background. He has to learn how to avoid fighting his opponent’s game."

Roberto Satoshi, who competed against Jake Shields at Metamoris 5’s secret match, will also compete at the event, facing Jeong Doo-Jae in a lightweight contest. BJJ champion Gabi Garcia is also expected to make her MMA debut at the event, but her opponent is still yet to be announced.