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    Royce Gracie back in the UFC


    Royce is back and going to fight Matt Hughs. I haven't bought a UFC PPV in a while, but this may be worth getting.

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    I haven't watched MMA on pay per view for several years but I will definitely watch this fight. Go Royce!
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    This is baaadd news for matt hughs.
    Time for your spankin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskey Steve
    This is baaadd news for matt hughs.
    Time for your spankin!
    Royce is a great fighter but like stated by hughes himself, he just isnt where the UFC now is. If it goes to the ground then yes gracie has a good shot but stand up wise, not a chance. If I am not mistaken,Geis(sp?) are no longer allowed in the octagon? That is going to be something new for him to contend with also.
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    I predict an entertaining evening in the near future.
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    I predict Hughes would man handle Gracie. You never know though.
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    Royce may not have fought recently, but he is a legend in MMA. Most of Matt Hughes wins are by submission so this fight will be extremely competitive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by natedogg
    I predict Hughes would man handle Gracie. You never know though.
    my thoughts too.
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    Royce wouldnt have comeback if he was not in supieror shape and state of mind. But I must say Hughes is abeast in his own right. I predict a great fight instore.
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    Hard one to call. I've been a big fan of the Gracie's since his dad was fighting. But Matt is a warrior. And on the ground is his specialty also. I'm sure this will be a fight to remember.
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    Quote Originally Posted by revodrew
    Royce is a great fighter but like stated by hughes himself, he just isnt where the UFC now is. If it goes to the ground then yes gracie has a good shot but stand up wise, not a chance. If I am not mistaken,Geis(sp?) are no longer allowed in the octagon? That is going to be something new for him to contend with also.
    No Gi will not be a problem for Royce. Nobody wore a gi in the early UFCs except for Royce. So he is used to fighting peole without a gi.

    I've never seen him have a problem taking someone to the ground either, except now they'll stand them back up if nothing is going on. My only concern is that Royce hasn't fought for a few years, but you know he'll be ready.
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    I love Royce and I think Matt is a great fighter, but something about this fight stinks like garbage.
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    what PPV is this set for? i'm definately ordering the feb 4th for liddell vs. couture (again, lol).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beelzebub
    what PPV is this set for? i'm definately ordering the feb 4th for liddell vs. couture (again, lol).
    I always was a fan of Randy's until he started doing the add for that stupid f*ckin necklace that gives you magic powers to lift the gym up in one hand
    Seriously, how could he humiliate himself by backing such a piece of **** product like that. I don't care how much money they paid.
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    As TO would say, gotta "feed the family" right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by delta314
    I always was a fan of Randy's until he started doing the add for that stupid f*ckin necklace that gives you magic powers to lift the gym up in one hand
    Seriously, how could he humiliate himself by backing such a piece of **** product like that. I don't care how much money they paid.
    lol, haven't seen that ad. however, if someone is dumb enough to buy it, that's their problem.
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    I don't think Royce will be able to handle Hughes. Hughes is too strong, and is a great wrestler. Royce was great in the early days of the UFC when nobody knew what grappling was.
    Now he fights in K1, and Pride, usually against some fat sumo guy.
    Of course he was dominated by Sakuraba...
    I don't see him winning...

    I also think Tim Sylvia's going to get knocked out by Arlovski. Sylvia looked slow on UFN 3, and Arlovski's too quick and powerful.
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    Yeah, this fight is interesting but I think Hughes will dominate him. He is much stronger Gracie, and I just don't see him losing this. Who has Gracie beat lately???
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    I also think Tim Sylvia's going to get knocked out by Arlovski. Sylvia looked slow on UFN 3, and Arlovski's too quick and powerful.

    Arlovski will put a good asskickin to Sylvia,he did not impress me at all. Although being 6'8 has it advatages!!!!
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    I see hughes picking up grace and slamming him skwar on his ass, rendering him dead. Hughes is just too strong for royce, and on top of his game, while royce is not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EESCHMan
    Of course he was dominated by Sakuraba...
    I don't see him winning...
    Thats not because he isn't good....its because they have such different styles....I have seen Sakuraba trashed in fights too.
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    There are people in the Gracie family who have adapted to the newer style of MMA hopefully Royce has done the same. I really can't see him winning even if he does do that. Matt is one of the best if not the best fighter in the UFC. The last fight I saw Royce in was that shamrock fight.
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    Sakuraba has been trashed in alot of fights. But he has the perfect style to defeat the gracies. I think Hughes will ground and pound Gracie in a brutal fashion. You have to understand this whole style of fighting was designed to outmatch the gracie guard. When the wrestlers first came on the scene they started killing the bjj guys. Now everything has evolved and people train in all different styles. Royce is still mainly just a bjj guy, and I seriously think he will lose. Hughes is pretty well rounded in all facets of the game.
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    Matt is definitely stronger and on top of his game right now. But with Gracie Ju Jitsu, a submission can come at any time. I think if Royce has prepared himself for such a tough apponent as Matt, this fight should be very exciting. On another note, Iceman is gonna kick Randy's butt. (if only for the fact that he is hawking those Fizogen straps!!!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beelzebub
    what PPV is this set for? i'm definately ordering the feb 4th for liddell vs. couture (again, lol).
    Looks like that will be in May. Probably want to milk that for all its worth!

    http://www.ufc.tv/

    The card for the Feb PPV looks sharp though, should be entertaining

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    I'm still waiting to hear if any special "Gracie" rules will be added to this match, i.e. no time limits, restrictions on ground striking, and not making them stand up if it gets boring.
    This was the only way Royce would agree to fight Yoshida(220lbs and damn good on the ground) and Yoshida agreed to the rules just to get a chance at a legend. Hughes, IMO, would also agree for the same reason, to legitamitly beat the man who made mma famous in the USA, and in same octagon he did it in. If it was under current ufc rules, I dont think Royce would do it.
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    this is for the title right? It's not just an exibition match.
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    Don't sugar coat it Rogue....tell us how you really feel

    I think that the new rules are in Hughes' favor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fbxdan
    When the wrestlers first came on the scene they started killing the bjj guys.
    .....umm vice versa
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    I want to see Rickson fight a current "star".
    Ive been out of this for a while.....he's been kinda inactive as far as competition goes hasn't he
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskey Steve
    I want to see Rickson fight a current "star".
    I kind of felt the same way when I heard about this fight. I would much rather see Rickson than Royce. No, what I really want to see is Rich and Matt say to hell with the camp BS and do their jobs as competitors and paid entertainers and fight eachother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BingeAndPurge
    I kind of felt the same way when I heard about this fight. I would much rather see Rickson than Royce. No, what I really want to see is Rich and Matt say to hell with the camp BS and do their jobs as competitors and paid entertainers and fight eachother.
    Now that would be a fight. I'd like to see that too.
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    Rickson will never fight any of the top guys now...I don't even think he's fought anyone good in the last few years.
    Was his last MMA Fight against Takada?!

    Thats not because he isn't good....its because they have such different styles....I have seen Sakuraba trashed in fights too.
    I think it's more that Royce never improved his standup. You can't be successful in MMA without knowing everything, standup (kickboxing), grappling (submissions, escapes). Renzo is more of a complete fighter than Royce.
    Silva obviously has Sakuraba's number...also, I think Sak's prime is over. (he's still one of my favs though)

    Very much looking forward to Penn/St. Pierre
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    What stinks about this fight is that it's another novelty match that further delays GSP and Penn getting a shot at the welterweight belt.

    yup i'm pretty sure its due to the fact they made hughes one of their stars by putting him on the TUF 2 show and want to make sure he stays at the top at least for a while. thats why hes gonna prolly end up fighting riggs, royce, and karo (all guys they dont expect him to have much problem with) before fighting either of the two guys all the hardcore fans know theres a great chance of him losing to (gsp and penn). my prediction is hughes by decision over royce. hughes definitely isnt 100% submission proof though. hallman subbed him twice in like 20 seconds but i'll give it to hughes that was a while ago hes improved since. however other submission guys he's had trouble with recently charuto (i still think charuto beat hughes in that fight) and bj penn (where bj tapped hughes out in the first round). of course bj penn is a lot more well rounded then royce though and thats the difference maker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deebs
    Looks like that will be in May. Probably want to milk that for all its worth!

    http://www.ufc.tv/

    The card for the Feb PPV looks sharp though, should be entertaining

    still coming down for it ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Drone
    I don't like it, but I agree with your analysis of the situation. UFC wants to keep well mannered and well spoken cleancut guys like Hughes, Franklin and Couture in front as long as possible. Same with Arlovski, handsome, buff and personable unlike Tim Heehaw Sylvia.

    Closet business *** Dana White has probably been wishing someone would hug Arlovski's waist Like Sylvia's, pull down those knickers and reveal the Moscow Moon for all to appreciate.

    Arlovski will mop the floor with Sylvia....I just don't see that being that great of a fight.

    I want to see GSP AND BJ get a shot at Hughes.....I think that either one of them could beat Hughes and all of those fights will be good ones. At that level of competition, you just never know what will happen. They all possess the ability to win IMO.
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    I don't know Hughes had a lot of trouble with Verissimo's jiu-jitsu(should've lost the decision), and Royce has even better jiu-jitsu then Verissimo. Have you guys seen Royce vs. Yoshida 2? I mean Royce pretty much handled Yoshida(albeit Yoshida was not at his best) and he's a 220 pound Judo GOLD MEDALIST. Royce may get tossed around a bit, but I think he'll come out on top. Don't forget that Hughes' weakness is his sub defense, can anyone say Dennis Hallman.
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    OK, lets put this to rest right now. You want to know my rationale for taking this fight. Because I like challanges, and this will be a challange. People on here sit around and talk a lot of sh*t, Akebono is a chump and anyone with a blue belt level can beat him, really - 320 over my weight, and I submitted him in 2min 13 sec, untill you have tryed that do not talk. The guys I beat in the UFC any blue belt can beat them, well next time you see Ken or Kimo or Dan Severn or Patt Smith, I suggest you bring that up to them, and hope you have your blue belt on, its not going to help you.
    I like challanges, and this is a challange that is why I took the fight, I am taking a pay cut to fight this one, and also fighting under standard UFC rules, I can't even wear gi pants.

    Royce
    Damn, I am starting to like him more and more. The guys has got heart thats for sure.
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    He must of spent alot of time mastering the ancient art of **** talking. However, he apparently missed the day they covered the sweet science of spelling.
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