(Renzo, age 18. Photo via @RenzoGracieBJJ)
Renzo Gracie, who hasn’t competed in MMA since his TKO loss to Matt Hughes over three years ago, wants to fight again. ”There’s nothing that I want to do more than to be back in the cage, to be back fighting,” the 46-year-old said on The MMA Hour last month. “Life has been pushing me everywhere but in that direction, but now I’m getting so tired and frustrated with everything else that I’m going to just bury myself into a mat and train the whole day, and do what I love, which is training and fighting.”
After UFC president Dana White questioned the wisdom of Renzo’s comeback, Gracie shared this philosophical response with MMAFighting:
“For having nothing to prove nor nothing to gain. To fight for what it is without reason, without greed, just for the passion to step once again in the arena and be an inspiration for a future generation of great fighters. To prove that age is only a handicap for the soft ones. And above all, because I love it.
“My man, I’m fighting. It doesn’t matter where. Even for free. Last time I checked I didn’t have wrinkles. Not even on my nut sack.”
Renzo Gracie. MMA pioneer. Street vigilante. Balls as smooth as eggs. Legend.