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    Gracie Admires Strategy, Style of UFC Champs

    MMA pioneer Royce Gracie won his fights with the ground game. Yet the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has high praise for two countrymen who do their best work on the feet.

    During a breakfast last month in Beijing for the Chinese event Art of War, Gracie discussed what he likes most about UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

    “Lyoto is one of the few guys that knows how to use strategy,” Gracie said. “Besides his karate and his ground game, he knows how to use strategy and that’s what puts him on the top. I saw his victory over Rashad. He wasn’t punched one single time in the whole fight and that’s (the strategy).”

    Gracie also complimented Silva for similar reasons. Although Silva was criticized by some for his UFC 97 performance against Thales Leites, Gracie praised the showing.

    “I don’t understand why people criticized (Silva) so much,” Gracie said. “He used a perfect strategy and wasn’t hit in the whole fight, had a clean fight and won. Do we have rules? So let’s fight under the rules. Why would he go there and fight until he rips his opponent’s head off? … Why would he expose himself? You have to use your mind. I like the guys who use strategy -- these are the guys who are on the top: Lyoto, Anderson, GSP. They fight clean and take their opponents out of their own games.”

    Asked if he is retired, the UFC legend finished the conversation with his sense of humor.

    “I don’t have anything in a contract,” he said with a laugh. “I’m OK, relaxing, doing a lot of seminars, traveling all around the world, but nothing is on my mind. That’s it. I don’t feel that will to fight anymore. Only if someone gives me a great offer, so I won’t (refuse). I know where the will lives. If I decide to, I can go there and ask her out to have dinner with me.”

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    Default Royce Gracie: Step off! Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida have the perfect strategy

    “I don’t understand why people criticized (Silva) so much (against Thales Leites). He used a perfect strategy and wasn’t hit in the whole fight, had a clean fight and won. Do we have rules? So let’s fight under the rules. Why would he go there and fight until he rips his opponent’s head off? … Why would he expose himself? You have to use your mind. I like the guys who use strategy — these are the guys who are on the top: Lyoto, Anderson, GSP. They fight clean and take their opponents out of their own games … Lyoto is one of the few guys that knows how to use strategy. Besides his karate and his ground game, he knows how to use strategy and that’s what puts him on the top. I saw his victory over Rashad. He wasn’t punched one single time in the whole fight and that’s (the strategy).”

    Brazilian jiu-jitsu and UFC pioneer Royce Gracie defends the strategy of current UFC champions Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida — both of whom have come under fire in their career for an ‘elusive’ style that often means they leave the bout without getting hit — and fans leave the arena without getting entertained. Are today’s fans too eager to watch a 15-minute bloodbath at the expense of an intelligent and often slower-paced ground war? Or do the Brazilian champs have a responsibility to maintain fireworks in each and every bout? Opinions please.
    Royce Gracie: Step off! Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida have the perfect strategy at UFC blog for UFC news, results, videos, rumors, fights, pics and tickets — MMAmania.com

    I agree not being hit sounds pretty smart to me. That being said I also thought that Silva could have finished the fight a few times against Leites but hey he won and that is what's really important.

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    anderson silva purposely didnt finish thales because he wanted to show his good conditoning. Everyone said that gsp's conditioning would have been the deciding factor if the two were evr to fight. Not anymore. Gsp may still be in better shape, but not light years ahead of anderson like he was thought to have been before.
    And Machida, I like his style and elusiveness, but i just dont like the guy. i cant explain it. but that has nothing to do with anything.
    Anyways what im trying to say is Silva will beat GSP when they fight.

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    I said the exact same thing afterthat fight, it was a smart well fought match for Anderson, being wreckless to try and get a ko is not worth loosing a title.

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    Yeah I mean I stand behind Machida and Silva in regards to this considering the whole objective in Martial Arts is NOT to be hit. However, my only thing with Anderson is what he said before the fight started saying he was going to go into the fight and show the fans what he should have shown them in the Cote fight and I felt that there were times he could have finished Thales with ease... My point again is this:

    If you have the ability to mess around with this:



    Then you probably have the ability to do this:



    Again, i'm ok with the way the fight turned out, I just feel that if you're going to tell your fans not to expect what happen in the last fight and you go out and do the same exact thing when you probably have opportunities to finish him, expect a bit of dissapointment.

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    Its true alot of fans wanna see a bloody brawl all the time. Gracie definately speaks the truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by U shut ur FACE View Post
    If you have the ability to mess around with this:


    This might be a bit off topic, but do you have any more gifs of Silva doing interesting "stunts" during that fight? Maybe it's just me, but I loved the punches to the knee and the Machida impersonation and everything else.

    On topic: Gracie is obviously correct. If they both keep their strategies, I don't see them being in trouble in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schizerbone View Post
    This might be a bit off topic, but do you have any more gifs of Silva doing interesting "stunts" during that fight? Maybe it's just me, but I loved the punches to the knee and the Machida impersonation and everything else.

    On topic: Gracie is obviously correct. If they both keep their strategies, I don't see them being in trouble in the near future.
    Sorry that's all I got at this point, prolly could find some on google though alot of people post them.

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    Always the class act, Royce Gracie is. Admire that man for so many reasons, i've literally loss count.
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    Quote Originally Posted by U shut ur FACE View Post
    Yeah I mean I stand behind Machida and Silva in regards to this considering the whole objective in Martial Arts is NOT to be hit. However, my only thing with Anderson is what he said before the fight started saying he was going to go into the fight and show the fans what he should have shown them in the Cote fight and I felt that there were times he could have finished Thales with ease... My point again is this:

    If you have the ability to mess around with this:



    Then you probably have the ability to do this:



    Again, i'm ok with the way the fight turned out, I just feel that if you're going to tell your fans not to expect what happen in the last fight and you go out and do the same exact thing when you probably have opportunities to finish him, expect a bit of dissapointment.
    LOL nice post man. You made my day.

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