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Please, God, No: Royce Gracie Wants to Fight Again at ‘UFC Rio’

(Shogun Rua comes face-to-face with his future. Props: reddit)

Notable quote from yesterday’s UFC Rio press conference:

"I’m still thinking (on fighting in Rio). But I’m always training. This return of UFC to Brazil touched me, made me feel the wish of coming back to the Octagon. Everything has being negotiated with Dana White. Let’s wait and see." — UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie

Not to say that the UFC’s first superstar shouldn’t have some sort of ceremonial role at the UFC’s return to Brazil next August…but fighting? Let’s nip that shit in the bud, pronto. The last time Royce set foot in the Octagon, he was smashed by Matt Hughes in a brutal passing of the torch back at UFC 60. His next (and still most recent) performance was a June 2007 revenge match against Kazushi Sakuraba, which ended in a decision win and a one-year steroid suspension

Letting Royce take another smashing by someone currently on the UFC’s roster is definitely not the best way to pay tribute to the Gracie legacy. We all know that. I’m pretty sure the UFC knows that too, despite Royce’s cryptic statement that "everything has being negotiated with Dana White." Unless of course, the right opponent can be found for him. And really, how hard can it be to track down Harold Howard at this point?

Semi-related: Former heavyweight PRIDE/IFL vet Daniel Gracie (5-2-1) has been picked up for Bellator’s first-ever light-heavyweight tournament, which is slated to kick off in February.

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Joedirt- December 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm
Ken vs Royce.... "and Ken wheels his chair to the center of the ring... but it's speed is no match for the nimbleness of Royce's walker... ken looks to be throwing a punch or at least waving his arm... Royce tries for a take down... and it appears they have both broken their hips."
KINGMADE- December 17, 2010 at 10:57 am
Throw him in with Ken. Let the good times roll.
munche- December 17, 2010 at 10:46 am
I'm amazed at how many people actually want to see the guy fight. Remember the last time he fought a modern MMA fighter and didn't have special rules? He got fucking destroyed.

@Old_Bald_and_Irish: Unfinished business? What, Hughes didn't finish breaking his arm, or didn't finish pounding his head through the mat?

The fact that people are throwing up names of guys who haven't won a fight in 10 years is telling. Save that shit for Puerto Rico Cage Rumble, thanks.
marrilia- December 17, 2010 at 2:16 am
Remco Pardoel Rematch...thats oldschool through and through!!!
Waxedpants- December 16, 2010 at 8:22 pm
@ guapo

MuAy ThAi MaTT- December 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm
Royce vs Thiago Alves ???
Casa de los pantelones- December 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm
Rolls Royce is a turd, always has been. The only thing he ever brought to the sport of MMA was mastering a discipline *first* that no one else had seen before.

People, back in the day, came to head butt you, a la coleman...or punch you in the nuts, a la that one guy. No one expected to be choked out by a lanky brazilian who has no hands.

That's exactly why hughes beat the snot out of ol Rolls Royce. Even in Royce's prime, he would lose horribly bad to just about anyone of relevance in MMA today.

Give the old man a cane or walker, or even a rascal, hoverround or jazzy and send him on his one wants to see old stupid people get their ass' kicked.
halfbreed23- December 16, 2010 at 7:12 pm
Royce vs Marc Laimon. Jesus couldn't book fights that perfect.
Smitty- December 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm
I'm not even worthy to comment on such a legend of the game. This guy was there from the beginning. I got too much respect, and admiration for how he changed EVERYTHING in this game. So I take my hat off to OB&I, just for showin up.
Joedirt- December 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm
Royce in his prime would lose to over half of the fighters in the UFC right now. It's a completely different sport... fighters are well rounded and not single disciplined. Not too mention the gi is a weapon that Royce wouldn't have the luxury of.
On a side note, I don't see BJJ ever as an Olympic sport, BJJ is Kosen Judo... if they were going to incorporate BJJ into the Olympics they would just open another category of Judo and change the rules to allow being grounded longer. The Gracies are an amazing family and all but the media really drank the kool-aid when they bought into the "Gracies invented a martial art" bit.
vaicavalo- December 16, 2010 at 4:18 pm
or they could bring back that one-glove guy to royce submit him with a half guard
GrizzlyD- December 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm
I agree with Royce v Ken, but Ken still owes $$$ and likely wouldn't do it unless they offered to wipe the debt clean. :)

I say Royce v Couture at some sort of catch weight or light heavy if he can pull it off....sure Royce will get smashed, but it would be cool!!
RwilsonR- December 16, 2010 at 4:10 pm
Royce should fight Zuluzinho, in a family vs. family homage to the old rivalry between Rickson and Rei Zulu.
intercept440- December 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm
hmmm... after thinking long and hard about this one... considering the age, the venue , and the nostalgia factor... in my mind... there can be only one suitable match for royce in brazil .

Royce gracie vs Marco Ruas

there both old
there both brazilians
there both past there prime
and there both former champs from back in the old days

vaicavalo- December 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm
I don't know, I'd like to see him fighting here, he's an idol, a hall of fame fighter, but on the other hand I want to pay the ticket and watch important fights to the event, not a couple of old people brawling for no reason

If it have to happen(as an extra fight of the card, a superfight) would be awesome if UFC set Royce Gracie vs. Wallid Ismail, this would be great, the guy who choked and made Royce sleep years ago in a gi-fight now facing him in MMA

If Sakuraba is a Gracie Hunter on MMA, Wallid is a Gracie Hunter on Jiu Jitsu, on their own game he won Royce, Renzo, Ralph and Ryan Gracie
Old_Bald_and_Irish- December 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm
I had to pop outta the woodwork for this one....

I'm all for Royce getting in the cage for this event....BUT....

....I would prefer to see a jiu jitsu demonstration instead of an actual fight. Kinda what Fedor did with Aoki. the Gracies have done these before and they are entertaining and impressive.

Or, I wouldn't mind seeing a straight up BJJ grappling match. The Olympics are coming to Rio next and I know that Brazil has been trying to get BJJ included as a trial sport. This would be the perfect chance to highlight BJJ as a legit sport.

Will any of my sugestions actually come to fruition?


....but one can only dream.

If he does want to fight, he needs to fight Hughes. There's unfinished business there.

I'd love to see him square off with Renzo, but that would NEVER happen.

Or maybe....just maybe...if ol' Randy Couturre needs to punch one more ticket before he hops off the UFC train, then a match with Royce is quite a way to go out.
Gener- December 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm
Royce/Ken III!!!!!!
Goog- December 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm
I'd rather see him be some master of ceremonies or something. Stand back and be revered for your contributions. He hasn't wanted to do a thing until they came to Brazil. Now he wants it. Aren't there 315 other Gracies already fighting? I don't know. It's not even like I think he'd embarrass himself. I just think it's a bit grandstanding when it'd take a spot from a legitimate younger fighter on the payroll.

Be present, represent, and wish the rest luck. A win means nothing, a loss means nothing. The fight means nothing. And financially, it'd do well there regardless, but I don't think it adds any "must see" to the card.

That all sounds negative, but I like the guy. I just think fighting is the wrong way to be involved.
ReX13- December 16, 2010 at 3:03 pm
Ben >>NAW PLAYA.  As the multiple hilarious comments above me point out, there are a double handful of fair matchups for Gracie, provided we stick to people in his age group.  Remember, this shit's going down *in Brazil*.  Fuck your couch, NSAC!Plus I read somewhere that Royce has some seriously high level jiu jitsu, like he's been studying for like, years.  I'm sure they can find a somewhat-evenly matched fighter for him.  With a few special rules.  And no time limits.
Ballkick- December 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm
Sounds like Royce needs to put his last kid through Collage,.....meh.....let him fight.
8MilesHigh- December 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm
Royce vs Diaz and Miller for bitching about a couple pounds. Weight classes! LOL!
Red Baron- December 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm
It's surprising that Cage Potato doesn't get something so fundamental to MMA, and more specifically to the Gracies. It's called warrior spirit, and Royce has it in spades. All the Gracies do.

They fight, that's what they do. They are hardwired to need to show the Gracie Jui Juitsu system to the world. It's been that way since Helio first marched himself into karate dojos and challenged their black belts.

C'mon Cage Potato, get with it; Royce wanting to fight is as natural as two frogs humping on a lillypad.
StinkFacer- December 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm
Royce vs Sinosic. Come on...hes the KING (of rock and rumble)....
RwilsonR- December 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm
Seriously, though, I'm not against giving Royce Gracie one last fight in his home country. It would have to just be a sideshow attraction, but he has earned it.

You know, if Michael Jordan wants to go out and play one-on-one or have a 3-point contest against Magic Johnson for a halftime show during the NBA Finals, I don't think anyone would argue. It wouldn't be the most exciting thing in the world, but sometimes these guys have just earned one last hurrah.
El Guapo- December 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm
Royce vs Kimo... Rio 2011... "I Thought Kimo Was Dead?"