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Please God, No; Art Jimmerson Wants to Fight Royce Gracie at UFC Rio

(No glove, no love for Royce.)

When we first heard that one and done boxer-turned-MMA fighter Art Jimmerson was campaigning for a rematch with Royce Gracie at UFC Rio in August, we were skeptical, considering what happened to the single glove-wearing fighter at UFC 1. It didn’t help that the so-called “proof” that the fight was in the works was the fact that Jimmerson’s profile had inexplicably appeared on the UFC’s website. Harold Howard and Joe Son also have profiles on the site, and it’s unlikely they’ll get a weekend pass from prison to compete on the card, so the story seemed like it might be bullshit.

Well, it appears the rumors are true — at least that Jimmerson is pushing for the fight.

Jimmerson, who is more of a UFC footnote than a notable fighter, sent along the photos of himself above and below to that picture him wearing his trademark left glove and a UFC gi. Apparently the 47-year-old who retired from boxing with a 33-18 professional record wants a chance at redemption and the opportunity to retire from MMA with a .500 record.

Jimmerson sent the following message via email to Full Mount’s Craig Devlin about the prospective fight:

“Now, I am a totally different fighter from 16 years ago! You can’t be around Water and don’t get WET! Yes, I’ve learned so much more about MMA since I’ve been working [at the UFC Gym] I want to stay as close as we can to the Original Rules! I AM IN GREAT SHAPE! I will DEFINITELY BE MORE AGGRESSIVE! I WILL THROW MORE PUNCHES AND FIGHT MY FIGHT! Royce will not dictate this one! I will not allow him to take me to the GROUND! Yes, I WILL WEAR THE OTHER GLOVE GOD Bless, And As Alway’s, JESUS IS LORD!”

Gracie’s profile is listed on the site as well, but the difference is it’s posted under the list of current middleweight fighters. I’m not big on Royce fighting on the card, but having him fight Jimmerson wouldn’t be a throwback fight; it would be a specatcle.

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BaghdadBob- April 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm
Is Jimmerson wearing a gi top or is that a bathrobe?
Kimbos Bread- April 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm
I'd tap that
Jawbreaker_46- April 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm
With as stacked as the rest of the card will be, I guess they do need a good get up and take a piss fight.
NorthSouthDudesOnly- April 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm
His profile didn't "inexplicably appear," it had always been there.
PERPATRAITOR- April 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm
I think it should be in this order.

Royce Gracie vs Frank or Ken Shamwow
Royce Gracie vs El Guapo!
Royce Gracie vs Mark Coleman
Royce Gracie vs Hughes
Royce Gracie vs Sakaraba
Royce Gracie vs Dustin Hazelett
Royce Gracie vs Maia

I think it should be like a Legends that retired fight. So shamrocks, rutten, Coleman all would be cool fights.
sendy2- April 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm good shopping web
GistoftheFist- April 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm
"jesus is lord"

b..g..whuh? What does that even mean? I think he took too many punches to the dome. Reminds me of that really disfigured boxer on that one episode of Family Guy.
RwilsonR- April 15, 2011 at 5:25 pm
What if Jimmerson won? Royce's legacy is already kinda tarnished. That would just leave it rusted and broken down in a ditch.
torxxx- April 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm
are we talking pre roid or post roid Royce?
Glockonfire167- April 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm
@intercept440@ I beleive it was a tap to confusion. Better than getting tapped to a rape choke though.
Clyde- April 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm
Has he learned to wait until a submission hold has been applied to tap?
Viva Hate- April 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm
I actually hope it happens, at least for nostalgia, I am loving the idea of Royce being back in the cage and against a guy he can beat, since that is a short list, Art makes sense to me. I would also support Royce versus any of the following, Tank, Oleg Taktarov, one of the Shamrocks, or as Fedor Penn said put Royce up against Maia all would be fun to watch.
Romanhelmut- April 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm
This would be a fight for the decades!! I had trouble sleeping for days after the exciting first encounter...this time I think Jimmerson wins by triangle choke.
GILL-uh-TEEN- April 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm
Royce should just show up and sign autographs. The UFC could pay him some to be a draw, and he wouldn't get raped in a cage then piss positive. Don't tarnish your legacy any more than necessary. Hell compete in a grappling tourney at an expo or something...
intercept440- April 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm
@glockonfire160ish guy, actually we know him better for being the guy who tapped out by just being mounted...the glove....thats secondary
intercept440- April 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm
nigga pleeeeze...
ReX13- April 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm
Crap Factory Says:
What’s next, explosions and fireworks during entrances and guys wearing masks doing flips off the top of the cage? LAME.
Sounds good to me.
Smitty- April 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm
This dude can't be serious. Please uncle Dana, don't do it.
Crap Factory- April 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm
And so the UFC begins the short and glamourous road to becoming more like the WWE. What's next, explosions and fireworks during entrances and guys wearing masks doing flips off the top of the cage? LAME.
stopdrinkingpee- April 15, 2011 at 12:20 pm
Question: How many of the contestants on this season of TUF would Royce Gracie, at this point in time, beat?

If Jimmerson is going to fight in the UFC again, I want to see him face James Toney. I really don't want a meaningless fight between two guys 15 years past their primes taking up a spot on the televised card, even if it's Royce vs Sakuraba or Shamrock. Seriously, would you pay to watch that shit in 2011?
Glockonfire167- April 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm
Give the poor guy a chance at redemption I can't imagine going through your whole life being the 1 boxing glove guy. We all know he has a snowballs chance in hell.
LOKI- April 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm
Deja vu...
And here he was 3 days from retirement and they partner him up with some suicidal psycho.
Fedor Penn- April 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm
Royce vs Sakuraba please. Or Royce vs Maia in a grappling event.
Carl Sagan- April 15, 2011 at 11:59 am
I'd rather see Royce fight someone who has a chance to beat him.
Rampages Conscience- April 15, 2011 at 11:58 am
I hope someone lets him know that boxing gloves are no longer allowed in MMA... even if it is just one.