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Metamoris founder Ralek Gracie says it’s been a ‘gnarly road,’ but goal is to pay back competitors and run another show



By Chuck Mindenhall

It’s been an odd few years for Ralek Gracie. He founded the submission-grappling promotion Metamoris in 2012, watched it soar into a kind of hipster darling territory by 2014, and ended up in the crosshairs of many complaints by 2016.

Gracie is back in the spotlight in early 2017, as he will compete for the first time in nearly six years in a mixed martial arts fight at Bellator 170 against Hisaki Kato on Jan. 21. Yet before he gets back in the cage, he tried to clear up some mystery surrounding his “passion” venture, Metamoris. Namely, is the beleaguered Southern California-promotion kaput? And will its past competitors be paid what they’re owed?

Gracie was a guest on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, and he addressed those issues among other things. He said right now Metamoris — which held its seventh and last event in July, when Ralek himself competed against Garry Tonon — is temporarily on the shelf until matters get sorted out.

“We’re in a little bit of a hiatus, and it’s been an interesting process, as you’ve caught in some of the headlines,” Gracie told Ariel Helwani. “Some of it true, some of it expressive but from the Click for Full Story




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