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Legendary MMA fighter’s son enlists in the US military, seeks to become a ranger

Training fighters in the 75th Ranger Regiment may soon become a bit more intense, as the son of a renowned martial artist recently enlisted in hopes of donning the unit’s beige beret.

Kheydon Gracie joined the military in a ceremony on September 22 in front of his family, including his father, Royce Gracie, the first person to be inducted into the Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Fame.

Royce Gracie shared images of his 19-year-old son’s enlistment in Huntington Park, Calif., To his Instagram account on Saturday.

Kheydon Gracie will leave for basic training later this month after signing an 11X contract with a Ranger option, US Army Recruiting Command spokesperson Walt Quinn said in an email Monday.

An 11X contract with a Ranger option means the enlisted person will have a chance of being selected for the 75th Ranger Regiment as long as he or she successfully completes multiple training courses. These include Basic Infantry Training, Airborne School, and the eight-week Ranger Assessment and Selection Program.

The 75th Ranger Regiment is the Army’s largest joint special operations force, and its troops have been deployed frequently over the past two decades to Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots around the world.

The Gracie family is famous for creating a martial arts system known as Brazilian jiujitsu.

Royce Gracie learned to fight from his father while growing up in Rio de Janeiro before moving to the United States at the age of 18. He won the very first Ultimate Fighting Championship tournament, as well as two other tournaments in the early years of the UFC.

He has trained Army Rangers, Navy SEALs and other U.S. troops, according to a 2011 Army statement.

The combat system now taught to American soldiers is inspired by Brazilian jiujitsu for grappling techniques on the ground.

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