Royce Gracie: willing to fight again for the UFC

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    Royce Gracie: willing to fight again for the UFC


    Forty-four year-old mixed martial legend, Royce Gracie has revealed he’s be willing to step into the octagon one final time if called upon for the UFC’s return to Brazil in August of next year, explaining he never retired and he’s open for negotiations.

    Speaking at yesterday’s press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Gracie said:
    “I’m still thinking (on fighting in Rio). But I’m always training. This return of UFC to Brazil touched me, made me feel the wish of coming back to the octagon. Everything has being negotiated with Dana White. Let’s wait.”

    Gracie was the original UFC champion when he won the very first eight-man, one-night tournament back in the day. He went on to win another two tournaments after that, proving size and strength wasn’t always necessary to get the job done in the combat sports world. Stay tuned to MMABay for more as it develops as we get it.
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    Wow that would be cool. He was the first mma fighter I ever saw back in the early 90's when you could only watch mma on pay per view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sw bill View Post
    Wow that would be cool. He was the first mma fighter I ever saw back in the early 90's when you could only watch mma on pay per view.
    He was awesome in his day but the world of mma has evolved and he has not.He did a little come back a few years ago against matt hughs and matt hughs destroyed him..I think royce gracies dominating days are long gone.
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    i would like to see royce gracie and ken shamrock go at it in the octagon for old time sake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by liftallday123 View Post
    i would like to see royce gracie and ken shamrock go at it in the octagon for old time sake.
    Yeah that i would watch.Now Royce Gracie vs George St. Pierre I would have to have my my eyes closed for the damage royce would receive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vidapreta View Post
    Yeah that i would watch.Now Royce Gracie vs George St. Pierre I would have to have my my eyes closed for the damage royce would receive.
    GSP would have to have his eyes closed to make it competitive.
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    I think he is too past his prime, but would definitely still watch.
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    Agreed....Royce Gracie is definitely past his prime. He will get killed in the octagon.
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    Though I do remember when he was the SH!T.
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    nooo please you are a legend!! i would hate to see royce get KOd
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonG42O View Post
    nooo please you are a legend!! i would hate to see royce get KOd
    Then you should fight him. lol. He can probably beat you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vidapreta View Post
    Then you should fight him. lol. He can probably beat you.
    damn right he can, the nastiest black belt to ever step foot in the octagon. his fights against kimo and shamrock inspired me to start doing BJJ three years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonG42O View Post
    damn right he can, the nastiest black belt to ever step foot in the octagon. his fights against kimo and shamrock inspired me to start doing BJJ three years ago.
    AW you'd choke him out 4 seconds into the first round.
    But seriously he'll always be a legend.Let's just hope he dosen't do anything stupid like challenge george st. pierre.
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    He wouldn't get the shot even if he did challenge GSP. I don't see Royce being able to handle anyone who is currently relevant, but of course, all due respect to his legacy in MMA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonG42O View Post
    damn right he can, the nastiest black belt to ever step foot in the octagon. his fights against kimo and shamrock inspired me to start doing BJJ three years ago.
    He'd beat you in BJJ, but in a fight, I don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    He'd beat you in BJJ, but in a fight, I don't know.
    I wouldn't wanna fight him!!
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    i'll never forget the kimo fight, it introduced me to the resilience of jiujitsu. he was on the bottom gettin rocked by bare knucks by a much bigger dude but he never quit, just kept grabbing kimo's pony tail and working his armbars. most people dont understand what kind of effort it takes to throw submissions over and over again while getting pummeled. the never give up attitude is what i love about the sport more than anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonG42O View Post
    i'll never forget the kimo fight, it introduced me to the resilience of jiujitsu. he was on the bottom gettin rocked by bare knucks by a much bigger dude but he never quit, just kept grabbing kimo's pony tail and working his armbars. most people dont understand what kind of effort it takes to throw submissions over and over again while getting pummeled. the never give up attitude is what i love about the sport more than anything.
    And that's when if they kept winning they had to fight 4 guys in one night.
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    And there was no weight classes Royce had to fight some guys almost 100 pounds heavier than himself.INCREDIBLE
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    I mean yeah granted nobody really knew how to grapple in the early early UFCs, Kimo said to have taken some grappling. there was also a beast of a man Keith Hackney hahahha but it was also bare knuckle no rules fights which should have theoretically taken away Royce's advantage
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonG42O View Post
    i'll never forget the kimo fight, it introduced me to the resilience of jiujitsu. he was on the bottom gettin rocked by bare knucks by a much bigger dude but he never quit, just kept grabbing kimo's pony tail and working his armbars. most people dont understand what kind of effort it takes to throw submissions over and over again while getting pummeled. the never give up attitude is what i love about the sport more than anything.
    That never give up attitude also had a lot to do with his Brasilian pride. Brasilian fighters are tough and proud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    That never give up attitude also had a lot to do with his Brasilian pride. Brasilian fighters are tough and proud.
    Yeah without them at the begining, there probably wouldn't
    be a UFC today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    That never give up attitude also had a lot to do with his Brasilian pride. Brasilian fighters are tough and proud.
    yeah man my teacher is like 170 soaking wet and ive seen him manhandle all kinds of dudes twice his size
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    I love the guy, but he's past his prime! The fighters today are so well rounded compared to back then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    That never give up attitude also had a lot to do with his Brasilian pride. Brasilian fighters are tough and proud.
    agreed. Anyone remember the Saku/Renzo fight? Ouch
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    I have no interest in watching him fight anymore. His BJJ, while very respected, is somewhat archaic by today's standards (lack of wrestling, footlocks, etc.). His salary demands would be extremely high and wouldn't be worth it from a fighting perspective, but, perhaps, it would be through marketing. If he were to get an offer, then it would have to be against someone who is also past his prime that could garner some interest. Him v Wallid Ismail would have a nice BJJ undertone (Wallid choked out Royce in the late-90's) and Wallid is a very polarizing figure. Add in the fact that he and Joe Silva have a solid business relationship and you can see the possibility increase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    I If he were to get an offer, then it would have to be against someone who is also past his prime that could garner some interest. .
    Tito Ortiz

    Its a win/win. Either Royce wins and all the BJJ people and Tito haters are happy or Tito wins and can finally retire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spool View Post
    Tito Ortiz

    Its a win/win. Either Royce wins and all the BJJ people and Tito haters are happy or Tito wins and can finally retire.
    yea i duno about that, royce is past 40 so his 170 probably wouldnt do well against a 225
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    lol grandpa versus grandpa
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    Past his prime and once the Gracie's began offering belts online, I've lost all respect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aleksandar37 View Post
    Past his prime and once the Gracie's began offering belts online, I've lost all respect.
    yea i saw that, you fill out a form saying you've completed this many mat hours and you get a belt. pretty homo in my opinion. i mean anyone with a belt like that would get smashed at a regular school so who cares.
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    You can buy a belt anywhere.

    To quote Royce, "A black belt only covers two inches of your ass; you have to cover the rest."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    You can buy a belt anywhere.

    To quote Royce, "A black belt only covers two inches of your ass; you have to cover the rest."
    Agreed, but Gracie students used to be able to name each other. It was something truly earned and sure the Gracies have done so much for the sport that they deserve to get paid, but this just cheapens the name. Can't say I wouldn't cash in though lol.
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    I can't say I would have much interest in seeing him fight anymore. I'd rather remember him as he was in his prime. He was a pioneer to the sport and the UFC owes him a great debt of gratitude IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spimp187 View Post
    I can't say I would have much interest in seeing him fight anymore. I'd rather remember him as he was in his prime. He was a pioneer to the sport and the UFC owes him a great debt of gratitude IMO.
    Yeah I agree. And maybee some day we can watch his sons compete, if they evolve from pure gracie jiujitsu and learn everything that mma fighters know today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vidapreta View Post
    Yeah I agree. And maybee some day we can watch his sons compete, if they evolve from pure gracie jiujitsu and learn everything that mma fighters know today.
    gracies compete in mma all the time. ryan was very good until he passed away. roger fights in strikeforce right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonG42O View Post
    gracies compete in mma all the time. ryan was very good until he passed away. roger fights in strikeforce right now.
    Where do they fight?? UFC/Pride?? I guess i haven't kept up with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vidapreta View Post
    Where do they fight?? UFC/Pride?? I guess i haven't kept up with them.
    you mean gracies in general? Renzo,Ryan and Rickson fought in Pride, Roger fights in strikeforce. i know Kyra is making an mma debut soon.
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    They've all been active in recent years. Hell, Renzo just fought this year, too. They live more off of their last name now in both MMA and submission grappling. Only Roger has been successful in the family in recent years. However, he's easily among the top-3 grapplers in the world right now (Drysdale, Jacare, Roger).
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