All good things in life must come to an end, the saying goes, and the same can be said about Royce Gracie and his marriage.
According to a report from TMZ Sports, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts legend is seeking to end his marriage to wife Marianne Cuttic. The couple, which tied the knot in 1994, have four children together, but Gracie has filed divorce papers in L.A. County Superior Court.
Gracie, who is fresh off a TKO win over longtime rival Ken Shamrock at Bellator 149 in February, is requesting joint physical and legal custody of his minor siblings; three of his four kids are under the age of 18. On top of that, Gracie cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce, is demanding spousal support and wants Cuttic, who is a podiatrist, to pay for his attorneys fees.
According to multiple reports, Gracie and Cuttic have been embroiled in a duel with the IRS, which claims that the duo owes them more than $1 million in back taxes.
Gracie, who was the incredible, unlikely champion the first-ever UFC event (online sportsbooks) – and three of the first four overall – is hailed as the definitive pioneer of MMA. His triumphs in the early days of the UFC allowed jiu-jitsu to spread like wildfire across the globe, thus helping birth MMA as a legitimate sport the world over.