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Cesar Gracie Disappointed Renzo Gracie Camp Helped GSP
By: Sherdog.com Staff
Cesar Gracie (left) is old school. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Cesar Gracie, on “The Savage Dog Show,” discussing his belief that the Renzo Gracie camp should not have helped prepare Georges St. Pierre to fight Jake Shields (a Cesar Gracie student):
“Renzo’s like a brother to me. You have to understand, we grew up together. Nothing’s going to change. People try to make a big thing about it, but I did have a talk with Renzo and I said, ‘Renzo, you’re training a guy that doesn’t represent your academy, that represents another academy, to fight a guy that represents a Gracie academy. It doesn’t make sense to me. It just doesn’t.’ Georges is a great guy. Georges St. Pierre, from all accounts, is respectful. He’s a decent human being is my understanding. … I did have that discussion with Renzo. I don’t know if anything came about from it, but that was pretty much it. I’m an old-school guy. … I don’t know exactly what they’re doing over there with that. It’s just not my way. I’m old school and I’m going to die old school. That’s who I am. I made my feelings known to Renzo about it. I don’t think my guys appreciate it.” Read more
Gracie vs. Hughes II
By: Jake Rossen
Wind the clock back a little bit and a guy like Renzo Gracie would be big-time, big-ticket fighter on the UFC circuit. He doesn’t manufacture personality or bulls--t posturing. You get what you get -- usually some macho-pugilistic wisdom that would sound like garbage from anyone else. Renzo says it and it starts to sound pretty good.Read more
But at 43, and as much as we’d like to think otherwise, his best days are probably behind him. The gift of being an engaging presence has stuck, though, as evidenced by footage of Renzo talking up the Matt Hughes fight Saturday in Abu Dhabi. Renzo has been there plenty for the submission wrestling tournaments, assisted with the UFC’s relationship with the United Arab Emirates, and will probably be the most comfortable fighter there. Win or lose, Hughes won’t pancake him in the same fashion as he did Royce Gracie in 2006. In a win, it would mark the fifth time Renzo bested a former UFC divisional champion. A resume like that, and you can talk all you want.
Gracie Embracing Shot at Hughes
By: Mike Fridley
The vision of Matt Hughes pummeling cousin Royce Gracie at UFC 60 remains a vivid memory for Renzo Gracie.
Gracie told Jack Encarnacao on Friday’s Beatdown program that he’s embracing the opportunity to get his shot at family redemption this Saturday at UFC 112 “Invincible” in Abu Dhabi.
“You have to understand, my cousins and my brothers and my relatives; I can talk bad about them. I can hit them. But nobody else can do it,” said Gracie. “That’s the reality, because it drives me crazy.”
Hughes (43-7) will offer a stiff test for the Pride veteran, who will make his 170-pound debut in returning from a three-year hiatus. Gracie (13-6-1, 1 NC) stated that he does not expect the long layoff to affect his performance at UFC 112.
“I trained very hard and I dedicated the last six months to just training for Matt Hughes. I think I’m ready. I’m really looking forward to this fight,” said a confident Gracie. “It’s a great honor to fight him, he’s an unbelievable fighter. Very tough guy; he was one of the most dominant [welterweight fighters] out there.”
In Hughes, Gracie will look to defeat his fourth former UFC champion in a row. His last three bouts have been against Pat Miletich, Carlos Newton and Frank Shamrock, respectively.
Gracie last saw action in February 2007 in an EliteXC contest that ended suddenly when Shamrock landed an illegal knee to the head of the downed BJJ black belt. The fight was dominated by Gracie before the foul, and the Brazilian walked away the winner by DQ. The clash will be Hughes’ first since edging Matt Serra at UFC 98 last May.
“I can’t wait to test myself, especially after such a long [time] sitting on the couch [eating] potato chips,” laughed Gracie. Read more
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By: Mike Fridley
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Renzo Wants to Surprise at UFC 112
By: Jake Rossen
By the standards of Spike television and Las Vegas gates, Renzo Gracie’s career has been shaded by a degree of obscurity. His first major appearance in the States was 1995’s ill-fated World Combat Championship pay-per-view, an unfortunate me-too attempt to capitalize on the UFC’s popularity. After another DOA promotion -- MARS -- Renzo wisely exiled himself to Japan, land of bigger paydays and due respect.Read more
Because of this trajectory, it’s possible a lot of fans are unable to recognize Renzo for what he was: far and away the most impressive Gracie to ever compete in fighting. At an uncut 185 pounds, Renzo finished off two former UFC heavyweight champions in Mo Smith and Oleg Taktarov; at 38, he went the distance with B.J. Penn; a 2006-07 run netted three victories over three former UFC champions in the welterweight and middleweight divisions.
Credit for those victories goes to durability largely absent from the careers of Royce and Royler. Like Rickson, he had the physicality to play games other than the guard.
Whether those skills should be considered in the past or present tense is a question for April 12: Gracie, who has been making the media rounds for his fight with Matt Hughes in Abu Dhabi, told MMAJunkie.com he wants to “surprise” audiences with a strong performance at the age of 43. Even considering his recent slide, though, Hughes may not be the best opponent for a middle-aged jiu-jitsu technician. He is an effective tormenter from the top, and his wrestling can decide where he wants the fight to take place.
Win or lose, Renzo’s career has always deserved a place of prominence in the U.S. He’s finally getting it.
Abu Dhabi a 'Second Home' For Renzo
By: Greg Savage
Renzo Gracie is preparing to take on Matt Hughes at UFC 112 on April 10 in Abu Dhabi. The jiu-jitsu legend will be returning to the arena for the first time in over two years and he will do so against a tough opponent in the former welterweight champion.
Gracie, however, will have the advantage of fighting in his “second home.” He has traveled regularly to the city since he began instructing Sheik Tahnoon -- the man primarily responsible bringing the UFC to the Middle East. A member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, Tahnoon, a Renzo black belt, was instrumental in brokering the deal between Flash Entertainment -- a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi government -- and the UFC that netted the Emirate a 10-percent stake in the world’s top MMA promotion.
In this video, Gracie discusses his personal relationship with the Sheik and the UFC 112 host city. Check it out, only at Sherdog.com.
Thursday Signing Bonus: Manhoef to Strikeforce, Renzo Gracie to UFC
By: Jake Rossen
According to a Portuguese interview translated by
the United NationsBloodyElbow.com community members, Renzo Gracie has signed a six-fight deal with the UFC, the promotion his cousin Royce lifted -- then left -- nearly 15 years ago. Renzo, 42, is expected to face Matt Hughes, possibly as soon as April 10. He’ll become only the third Gracie to fight in the organization following Royce and heavyweight Rolles, who makes his debut in February.
No debate whatsoever: Renzo is the single best Gracie to adapt his art for mixed-style competition. He’s defeated five former UFC champions -- two of them heavyweights. 42 is the wrong age to make a run at it, but his time in the ring will be entertaining while it lasts.
Strikeforce’s signing of Melvin Manhoef couldn’t be more dissimilar. Gracie has an obvious ground reputation; Manhoef is easily tied up there, but his striking is an indication of what would’ve happened had you shot up a 1988-era Tyson with PCP. A Manhoef/Cung Le fight would be real Greek mythology stuff. Just don’t give Manhoef Matt Lindland before then. Read more
Hughes vs. Gracie Sequel Possible for February
By: Jake Rossen
If it worked for Kazushi Sakuraba, it can work for Matt Hughes: after depressing the hell out of mid-1990s MMA fans by putting a stake in Royce Gracie’s heart, the onetime steamroller of the welterweight division may fight Renzo Gracie next. (This according to Heavy.com, FightersOnly.com, and the vague, teasing Twitter comments of both Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta.)Read more
In making no sense at all, it actually makes perfect sense: both Gracie, 42, and Hughes -- who cannot contend at the Alves/St. Pierre level -- are unlikely to make a title run at this stage in their careers. This is a fight for a fight’s sake, and that’s something the UFC has been sorely lacking in recent years.