Kron Gracie, son of the legendary Rickson Gracie, believes the Earth is flat. In a 2017 conversation with—surprise, surprise—Eddie Bravo, Kron had this to say:
“From what I’ve collected in the universe, from what I’ve seen, I think there’s more things proving that the earth is flat, than it is spinning at a million miles per hour — or actually 666 per hour, which is f—king interesting,” Gracie said. “You’re telling me that we’re spinning, and we’re spinning around the sun, and the sun is shooting down this f—king shit, and we’re just sitting here chillin’ on this podcast like no big deal?? That’s always been crazy to me. It was just a baffling thing to try and grasp. So now I understand, and I really believe that the earth is flat, more so than the earth is round.”
And in a conversation with ESPN MMA in 2019, Kron stated:
“Yeah, I believe the earth is flat. Ultimately, no one really knows. Until you get into a rocket and you can fly up and really see, but I just have some doubts on some of these things. I just don’t know if there’s enough information for me to believe that the earth is spinning.”
Flat Earth Theory
The flat Earth theory is a conception of the Earth’s shape as a disk or plane. Many ancient cultures subscribed to the flat Earth theory, including the Bronze Age and Iron Age civilizations of the Near East until the Hellenistic period, Greece until the classical period, India until the Gupta period (early centuries AD), and China until the 17th century. The flat Earth theory was also a belief of aboriginal cultures of the Americas, and the notion of a flat Earth domed by the firmament in the shape of an upside-down bowl was common in pre-scientific societies.
Modern flat Earth theories, such as those touted by modern flat Earth societies, are commonly labelled pseudoscience.
Shift to Spherical Earth Model
The idea of a spherical Earth first appeared in Greek philosophy with Pythagoras, although most pre-Socratics retained the flat Earth model. Aristotle presented evidence for a spherical Earth on empirical grounds by around 330 BC. Evidence of the spherical Earth gradually spread beyond the Hellenistic world from then on.