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  • 11-05-2013, 08:32 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news...ight-for-free/
    White offered Renzo a check to retire, Gracie offered to fight for free
    At 46 years, Gracie is far past his fighting prime, but isn't quite ready to end his career. Meeting with Dana White last week in Vegas, Gracie showed the fighting spirit that has endeared him to fight fans:

    "He was a gentleman," Gracie told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s The MMA Hour. "He made me an offer I almost couldn’t refuse. He offered me a check to not fight and I almost couldn't refuse. ‘Renzo, I like you so much I would hate if you get hurt.’ Getting hurt is part of our business, you know?

    "His offer was almost as good as mine," he continued. "Mine, he couldn’t refuse. His, I could refuse. I said, ‘Please, don’t do that to me. Let me get there one more time,’ and he laughed. He told me, ‘Tell me when (you want to fight).’"

    Gracie wants to compete so bad that he even offered to get inside the cage for no money.

    "I offered to fight for free, and he laughed," Gracie said. "‘I could never have you fight for free. Not you,’ (White responded). It's not money I need, and he said, ‘I know.’ I want to do something without the need to do that. I think that way a man fights better."
  • 10-11-2013, 10:31 AM
    Cat--Smasher
    Renzo expects to fight in Feb or March, at 155
    http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news...-March-at-155/

    JB: Your last fight was at UFC 112, in 2010, in a much anticipated matchup of two legends, you and Matt Hughes. How important was it to you to finally fight in the UFC and what do you think of the promotion that your family took part in founding twenty years ago?

    RG: Man, I do believe that the UFC only grows. It’s the best sport out there. It’s receiving now all the attention that it deserved since the beginning. It’s like there is no harder sport than this one. You have to be in an Olympian’s shape. You have to be a top athlete. You have a guy across the ring from you that’s trying to rip your head off or trying to knock you out. It’s another guy with these small gloves and in the same physical condition as you. The only way that you could compare the excitement to an Olympic sport is if you throw behind Michael Phelps a crocodile. He would have to swim faster than the crocodile. That would be the only way that you could compare those sports with ours. Our sport equals intensity. Look at the people involved. It’s amazing. And the UFC did an unbelievable job making this sport get what it deserves, what it is right now. Dana, the Fertitta brothers, they were amazing at building this. They created a new trend with this sport that is going to be endless. I will see my grandkids fighting in this.

    JB: Very recently, you mentioned that your MMA fighting career is not over. What would be the ideal scenario for you to fight again? When might you like to fight and who would you like a chance to match up against?

    RG: I’m already training a lot. I’m trying to set my mind for around the end of February, beginning of March. I want to be ready then to take any challenge that I can find. For sure, I’ll be looking forward to fighting a good opponent again. Actually, this time, it’s going to be the first time in my life that I’ll fight in my weight division. I intend to fight at 155.

    JB: You have passed on your skills to many other great fighters, including four UFC champions: Matt Serra, Georges St-Pierre, Frankie Edgar, and Chris Weidman. What do you think of each of these remarkable individuals?

    RG: I do believe that it is passion. Passion is what drives a man to build. Those guys are more passionate than anything else. I was glad that I was able to drop some confidence in them. The reality was that it wasn’t me. It was actually Jiu-jitsu. It builds that confidence to be able to walk in there and achieve whatever they want. It’s like I was just a tool to teach them and set their minds in a fighting mode that they would be able to go in there and perform. Guys like Matt Serra, Georges, Weidman, and Frankie Edgar, they’re born champions. Whatever you teach them, they are using, applying, and believing. Those are unbelievable individuals. They succeed, and if they are stars, it is because they deserve it. They, for sure, deserve it.

    JB: Next month is the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo, on November 9th and 10th, at the Long Beach Convention Center, in California. You and many other greats of today and years past will be conducting seminars. There will also be a number of superfights broadcast live on pay-per-view. What are a few of the highlights of the event that fans should be looking forward to?

    RG: It’s going to be an unbelievable weekend. We have the best Jiu-jitsu guys out there. We have unbelievable MMA guys who are joining us to fight. We have Jon Fitch, who’s going to be fighting Paulo Miyao, who is one of the best Jiu-jitsu players out there. We have Kron Gracie. He was going to fight Rodolfo Viera, but unfortunately Rodolfo just got hurt. So we’ll be replacing him with another star, for sure. We have Buchecha, who is the current number one Jiu-jitsu player in the world, fighting. We have Bruno Malfacine vs. Jeff Glover, Lucas Leite against Keenan Cornelius, Cyborg against Dean Lister. This is on November 10th. On November 9th, we have Efrain Escudero against Phillipe Nover. We have Samuel Braga against Joao Miyao, the other Miyao brother. These kids are around 140 pounds, 143 pounds, and they fight and win the openweight division. That’s how good they are. We have my brother, Rafael Lovato, against Matt Riddle, Romulo Barral against Leandro Lo, and Caio Terra against Nam Phan. On top of that, we’re going to have free seminars for everybody to attend. We have a seminar with Rorion, with the Mendes brothers, Braulio Estima, Tanquinho, Draculino, and Rafael Natal. Rafael Natal is going to be fighting Tim Kennedy and he will leave from the fight and go straight to the expo. We’re going to have meet and greets with Carlos Condit, Lyoto Machida, Roger Gracie, Rorion, Ryron, Rener, Ricardo Liborio, Dean Lister. Rickson is coming. Royce will be there too. We’re going to have Jiu-jitsu awards. We’re going to have a grand prix for brown belts, sixteen fighters fighting. And all of this is going to be transmitted by pay-per-view live. We’re going to have cameras the whole day transmitting everything at the expo. We’re going to have an unbelievable photo exhibition. Man, it’s a dream-come-true. And on top of that, we will have an open Jiu-jitsu tournament for men and women. So it’s going to be everything about Jiu-jitsu under one roof.

    JB: You have accomplished so much in your life thus far. You are a beloved ambassador for your family, the martial arts, and the sport of MMA. What plans or goals, outside of fighting again, do you still have for the future?

    RG: My brother, I do believe that when a man stops dreaming, he stops living. I can’t stop dreaming. I have so many things to do, so many projects in my head right now. That’s why I sleep four hours a night. I believe the secret of longevity is to dream and to try to realize those dreams. I want to see Jiu-jitsu growing. I want to see the World Expo continue to build. Last year we had 8,000 people walking in and out of the place. Back then it was just one day. This time it’s two days. I want to double that number. I want to make this huge. I want to get my sport under the sun, in the place that it deserves. It’s a great sport. It’s a sport that builds unbelievable fighters like the ones that we just mentioned. With that, I also want to expand my academies. I want to make kids. I want to have more kids! I want to fall in love with my wife again every day! I want to be passionate about life. Those are my main projects.
  • 10-05-2013, 01:36 PM
    IceCold48
    Quote Originally Posted by AnchorPunch View Post
    "For having nothing to prove nor nothing to gain"
    "To prove that age is only a handicap for the soft ones"

    Well, that was coherent.
    i think hes trying to say he has nothing to prove in terms of his legacy and credentials but wants to show he can still fight. the way he said it was completely contradictory though.
  • 10-05-2013, 08:33 AM
    AnchorPunch
    "For having nothing to prove nor nothing to gain"
    "To prove that age is only a handicap for the soft ones"

    Well, that was coherent.
  • 10-05-2013, 12:47 AM
    Cat--Smasher
    Renzo Gracie Informs Dana White Why He Wants To Return
    http://www.fightline.com/renzo-graci...-wants-return/
    For having nothing to prove nor nothing to gain,” said Gracie to MMA Fighting. “To fight for what it is without reason, without greed, just for the passion to step once again in the arena and be an inspiration for a future generation of great fighters. To prove that age is only a handicap for the soft ones.”
  • 09-30-2013, 09:52 AM
    Cat--Smasher
    Dana White: ‘I don’t know why Renzo Gracie wants to come back’
    http://www.mmafighting.com/2013/9/30...ants-to-return
    "I have to ask Renzo Gracie why," White said. "Renzo, you've been around forever, you've accomplished so many things. You have the respect of the entire combat world in every country. I just don’t know why he wants to come back at his age and fight again."

    Renzo Gracie (13-7-1, 1 NC) signed a six-fight contract with the UFC after Abu Dhabi’s Flash Entertainment purchased 10 percent of UFC’s parent company Zuffa in 2010 and made his Octagon debut at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, losing to Matt Hughes via TKO. Gracie’s last win took place in 2007 against Frank Shamrock at EliteXC.

    "I mean," White continued, "he lost badly to Matt Hughes, who was at the end of his career too."

    Speaking of Abu Dhabi, White revealed he’s scheduled to visit Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan after UFC Fight Night 30.

    "I'm going back to Abu Dhabi in October," he said. "After the Manchester fight, me and Lorenzo (Fertitta) are flying down there and meeting with the crown prince and Sheikh Tahnoon and all those guys. We'll probably be there for two or three days to talk about what's up and what's next."
  • 09-11-2013, 11:29 AM
    Fe1
    The only person Renzo might be able to compete with would be someone who has good BJJ and lacks everywhere else.
  • 09-11-2013, 11:25 AM
    IceCold48
    i honestly dont think there is a single person in the ufc that renzo can beat right now in this stage of his career/life.
  • 09-11-2013, 10:41 AM
    Repenter
    Quote Originally Posted by Pasha K View Post
    After a performance like that, it is absolutely impossible to build up anyone.
    Maybe they should have put him against Soa Palelei or Nikita Krylov, who gave one of the worst fights in recent months.

    When you watch performances like Gracie's, or Palelei's/Krylov's, it is impossible to believe that they are professional fighters. Not to bash them, I know that they would easily kick any "normal" person's butt. But seriously to watch them perform in such a sloppy way and to be absolutely gassed after a couple of minutes....
    Palelei has always had a big problem with the UFC jitters. I remember watching his fight against Eddie Sanchez and thinking it was the worst fight I had ever seen. Then he gets immediately cut, murders a bunch of competition in smaller orgs, and comes back in for another shitty, plodding performance.

    And Renzo in the UFC is a clearly bad idea. Three and a half years ago when he said he would have 6 fights in the UFC, it was a bad idea... and he was tuned up by K1 Hughes so badly I thought he would immediately retire. Yes, he's a legend, but there is no way he can compete with the top 75% of any division. Imagine what some upper-level midcarder like Ed Herman or Matt Brown would do to him.
  • 09-11-2013, 12:54 AM
    Pasha K
    Quote Originally Posted by Sniggles View Post
    I still think Roger Gracie should have been built up. Renzo should too, but I don't see him getting high up in rankings.
    After a performance like that, it is absolutely impossible to build up anyone.
    Maybe they should have put him against Soa Palelei or Nikita Krylov, who gave one of the worst fights in recent months.

    When you watch performances like Gracie's, or Palelei's/Krylov's, it is impossible to believe that they are professional fighters. Not to bash them, I know that they would easily kick any "normal" person's butt. But seriously to watch them perform in such a sloppy way and to be absolutely gassed after a couple of minutes....
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