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Poor Sportsmanship Display of the Day: Renzo Gracie vs. Ben Spijkers

To truly understand what’s happening in this fight, you need to consider the context of the bout, provided by MMA Videos:

Word on the street is that Ben Spikers prank called Renzo all night in his hotel room, in the press conference, taunted him, and insulted him by saying Renzo’s eyes look like Ben’s girlfriend’s eyes. See what Renzo does after the fight.

You also have to consider that this was back in the days of headbutts and groin strikes, so how much civility can you really expect from your opponent?  Check out referee Cecil Peoples admonishing Gracie for his post-fight show of dominance and disrespect.  Huh, so apparently there was a time when Cecil actually paid attention to what was happening in a fight.  Who knew?


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Lonny- July 6, 2009 at 6:00 am
I was actually at this event... Renzo was supposed to end up fighting Bart Vale... However, Bart could barley finish his 1st round opponent... I would love to find video of that fight... Bart beat this kid to within an inch of his life but the guy wouldn't quit.
whitey- July 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm
cynthia rothrock could kick ur ass
Phil Baloni- July 2, 2009 at 8:10 pm
yo harry russo, huh, that's funny because i remember that happening as well, except the impetus for it was not just marquardt being a douche but almeida holding the choke longer than necessary and instigating the douche-nocity. nate had clearly tapped and the ref was actively trying to pry the choke off but 'ric' kept squeezing.
gracie_nuthugger- July 2, 2009 at 3:03 pm
So its ok for him to be a douche because 'word on the street' happens to have a great excuse ready for him?
You sure 'word on the street' didnt come from Renzo's boytoys to justify this?
I mean if were gonna use word on the street then you might as well just link to Perez Hilton.

Besides, Renzo will always be the "shittiest of all Gracie's" (well pretend Ralph and Ryan dont exist.). Actually, I think Kyra will end up having a better career than any fighter on Robson's branch.

Renzo won his first 8-9 fights then lost 6 out of 7 and has been irrelevant since (Yes, I know he was part of the IFL.)
Criminally Negligent- July 2, 2009 at 2:49 pm
Renzo is a badass
BackbaconBilly- July 2, 2009 at 2:22 pm
LMAO, the neck step was classic.
netterbog- July 2, 2009 at 1:21 pm
Just remember - weapons, are for wimps.
831 Son- July 2, 2009 at 12:54 pm
Fuck yeah. Ben Spikers deserved that.
rokabee- July 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm
That was awesome.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- July 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm
I'd like to give Cynthia Rothrock the back of my naked hand

...shad 'ap already!

See, this match is a perfect example of why Renzo rules. I love watching him fight. If you wanna make it personal, he'll REALLY make it personal. He can be a savage warrior

...and he's supposed to be the nicest of the Gracies!

On the flip side, for folks who aren't familiar with Renzo's great sportsmanship and talent, check out this classic match against Carlos Newtown:

cwr- July 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm
@Harry Russo

Dude... Almeida did not let go of the choke. It was bad sportsmanship all around. The ref had to pull Almeida off of Nate.
Kazi- July 2, 2009 at 11:28 am
@ Swedish

You have to work for UFC or something. No could be that emotionally attached to that shitty org with out being financially dependent on it.
Jay Smith- July 2, 2009 at 11:25 am
You see Spikers didn't have much to say about what he did because, he knew he deserved it. He took his neck steppage like a man.
Harry Russo- July 2, 2009 at 10:47 am
You're damn right Paulo. Renzo is the MAN. That wasn't poor sportsmanship, just retribution for being an asshole. You want bad sportsmanship, how about showing that douche marquardt tapping out to Almeida then hitting him. He deserved to get kicked in the face by Renzo. You play the part of the pussy, you get fucked.
Polish- July 2, 2009 at 10:47 am
I'm sure the guy deserved more if all that BS is true, Renzo let him off easy if you ask me.
Rape Choke- July 2, 2009 at 10:44 am
Wait, the best part of this video comes at the 5:36 mark.

"Weapons are for Wimps" -unattractive 1995 chick
Raju-Erkki- July 2, 2009 at 10:43 am
If the context is right, the bitch got off easy
SiDeBuRnZ- July 2, 2009 at 10:38 am
I heard Cecil scored that bout 10-8 for Spijkers...
Swedish- July 2, 2009 at 10:38 am
Reminds me of what Dana White does verbally to Tom Attencio on a daily basis
PauloThiagoSilva- July 2, 2009 at 10:32 am
As anyone who has ever spent any time around Renzo will attest, there's no way in hell he'd do anything like that unless it was truly asked for.