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