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MMA Legend Royce Gracie coming to Kelowna


On August 17, 2012, mixed martial arts fans in the Okanagan will have a chance to meet MMA legend and UFC Hall of Famer, Royce Gracie. Gracie will be making a public appearance at West Coast Authentic’s sports memorabilia showroom at 1889 Springfield Road, Suite 225, Kelowna, BC.  West Coast Authentic welcomes UFC fans to come down and meet Gracie in person from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

“We have been talking with Gracie’s people for some time now about flying him up to Kelowna for a public appearance” said Jason Bobbitt, owner of “There are tons of MMA fans in the Okanagan Valley and many have not forgotten that it was Gracie who revolutionized the sport by introducing his family’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu style of fighting.”

Royce Gracie burst on the MMA scene at UFC 1 in November 1993 to the dismay of his opponents in this eight-man, tournament format event. UFC 1 had no weight classes, no judges , no time limits and no rules.

Royce Gracie would go on to win the tournament, defeating three opponents in one night and at the same time stunned MMA fans with  submission holds never seen before.

Today Royce Gracie continues to spread the techniques developed by his father through seminars and classes all over the world.

“We are very fortunate that Royce has accepted our invitation and we look forward to welcoming him to Kelowna.” said Bobbitt.  “It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for any MMA fan to meet a legendary, ‘No Holds Barred’ champion like Royce Gracie.”

Kelowna and area MMA fans are welcome to come down and meet Royce. He will be signing autographs during his visit so fans are urged to bring a personal item to get signed or purchase items (photos and gloves) available at West Coast Authentic on the day of the event.  For autograph pricing and additional information, visit our Upcoming Signings page.

About West Coast Authentic

West Coast Authentic’s (WCA) website showcases one of the most extensive and original inventories of autographed sports memorabilia including hockey, MMA, UFC, baseball, football and more.  

WCA, a leader in autographed hockey memorabilia, obtaining authentic autographs through exclusive private signings with top NHL players, has expanded to autographed MMA memorabilia in 2010 by securing exclusive contracts with top UFC fighters such as Jon Jones and Carlos Condit.


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