Can Rener Gracie Get ABC’s “Shark Tank” Big Fish to Bite Tonight?

He’s got charm, a backpack full of submission techniques, and a pretty badass lineage that doubles as an internationally known gym brand. But can Rener Gracie, grandson of Helio and co-creator of Gracie University, turn his fight world cache into bait the capitalists of ABC’s Shark Tank actually take?

In case you’re not on the ‘Gram or YouTube, Gracie Breakdown and GU frontman Rener has been looking to move off the mats and into the wildly lucrative world of active apparel with his Quickflip line, a collection of outer and activewear items which double as functional backpacks. Here’s one example:

The line has gained traction with BJJ types, who love having a functional way to carry their stankass post-training gis and rash guards around after training sessions. But can a convertible hoodie full of tiger balm, wet spats, and used cups win over the notoriously skeptical “Sharks?” We’ll find out later tonight when the episode airs.

In the meantime, here’s Gracie’s pitch to the panel:

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Kimberly Kaye
Kimberly Kaye is a purple belt under NOLA MMA's Professor Matthias Meister, Mestre Valencio Cocada, and Ray Lopez. When she's not being choked or kicked by large Louisianians, she's an integrative wellness coach working primarily with fighters and autoimmune disease patients. In her free time she rehabilitates of deaf bully breed dogs no one else wants. Kimberly coexists with the rare diseases CIPO and Ehler-Danlos Syndrome, and is an advocate for disabled individuals in the martial arts community and world at large.
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