(See Royce? We told you this would happen unless you started with your day with a hearty country breakfast, but you just wouldn’t listen.)
The rumors are true, says Matt Hughes. On his official blog, also known as your go-to source for decontextualized Bible verses and pictures of dudes holding rifles, the former UFC welterweight champ says he’ll be taking on Renzo Gracie on April 10 in Abu Dhabi. It will be Gracie’s debut in the UFC, and his first fight since he won a victory via disqualification against Frank Shamrock in February of 2007. This must be what Hughes was hinting at when he said he needed a fight against someone his own age that he could get fired up for.
Beating up and aged and overrated Royce Gracie (he hadn’t won a meaningful fight in at least six years when he fought Hughes) is one thing, but Renzo might prove to be a little tougher. He’s more well-rounded, has stayed more active in the sport lately, and is known to be tight with Abu Dhabi royalty. That’s not to say that he’ll have his buddy the Sheikh fill Hughes’ locker room with scorpions before the fight, but it’s still too early to rule that possibility out entirely.