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Renzo Gracie’s Only Problem Is His Wife’s Complaining

Our bro-4-life Ariel Helwani ran down to Renzo Gracie‘s NYC gym to ask the most affable member of Brazil’s first family of fighting why he feels the need to come back at 43 years old to fight in the UFC.  A smiling Gracie attributes it to his irrepressible love of combat, proving yet again that some guys are just born for this stuff and there’s nothing they can do about it.  Gracie refers to the chance to fight Matt Hughes at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi as "an honor," and says he’s already dropped twenty-five pounds, so now you can kind of see his abs.  Now if only he could get his wife to stop complaining about all the time he spends at the gym, he’d be golden.

If you watch this to the end, you’ll see Helwani asking Gracie to repeat one of his favorite Renzo-isms of all time.  He complies but, much like the "Planet of the Apes" remake, it lacks the fire of the original.  See what we mean after the jump.


A wild-eyed Renzo and a chubby-faced B.J. Penn, full of stoic fatalism about the beatdown that lies somewhere in his future?  You can’t top that.

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Carl Sagan- January 22, 2010 at 12:22 am
Damn, I forgot how chunky BJ looks at 170. BJ vs. Renzo rematch at 170 in a year when BJ is done cleaning up at Light-weight?
whambamthankyoumam- January 21, 2010 at 9:41 pm
he better shut her up... the hard way
Perineum- January 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm
@two_black_eyes

Agreed, best damn MMA journalist in the game. Bar none.
thai-clinch- January 21, 2010 at 6:01 pm
any idea when renzo started fighting?
trying to figure out if i was still a nutsack solider
VadersAsthmaMeds- January 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm
i have nothing useful or witty to add. and i too feel old.
geamma- January 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm
nate tapped out to almeida's choke and when it was released he punched ricardo in the face, i think he deserved that kick... as far as the spitting thing, well thats pretty bad :(
Da Spied Her- January 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm
How many CP readers were still in their father's nutsacks when Renzo started fighting?
landOencagement- January 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm
@mthomas

Very true, I never thought of it that way. . . now that's the second time today I've felt old :)
mthomas- January 21, 2010 at 12:29 pm
@landOencagement: LOL! It really shows the age demographic of CP when we all remember this from our youth!
landOencagement- January 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm
@just some dong,

No problem buddy, tearing down walls is a good thing. Here's a little fodder for your enjoyment:

hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGfeDMJU0_w
two_black_eyes- January 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm
Ariel brings it every time and I'm still a big fan of renzo. He's probably my third favorite gracie behind ralph and ryan cause those dudes are F'ing crazy.
The Clinch- January 21, 2010 at 11:55 am
Didn't some shit go down between Renzo's camp and Marquardt's camp (at the time) a while back?

And hey, we all do some stupid shit out of frustration, Renzo's still one of the better personalities of the sport and a seemingly cool dude.

Ariel Helwani is one of the better interviewers, if not the best, in MMA. Hats off to him.
two_black_eyes- January 21, 2010 at 11:35 am
the spitting thing was a straight up bitch move. i saw the fight. it was from frustration.
two_black_eyes- January 21, 2010 at 11:31 am
Dude is a bigger jerk than i thought. I couldnt find the neck stomp vid but i found one thats worse.

hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY6Cnhrdq9w
hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-Tbrp7mN4c&feature=related
Smitty- January 21, 2010 at 11:27 am
@ two_black_eyes
Yeah, but did you hear about how that dude that got his neck stepped on prank called Renzo all night long, fuckin with him? I'm sure the guy that got spit on started some shit too. Not sayin that's exceptable or honorable, but he was provoked. I still think he's one of the classy guys in the sport.
Kimbos Bread- January 21, 2010 at 11:16 am
Renzo Gracie looks like a short Vince Vaughn.
just some dong- January 21, 2010 at 11:16 am
Far more nutsack references in here than I could have bargained for. And when it comes to nutsack references, I drive a hard bargain.

And a Dinosaurs reference, to boot! Thanks for reminding me of that horrible F-ing TV show, landO. I had completely blocked it out of my mind until today. Back to bricking up those walls...
two_black_eyes- January 21, 2010 at 11:13 am
@Jeepman

I guess you didnt see that time he stepped on a dudes neck he just beat as he walked away. or the time he spit on a dude in the ring. Renzo is kind of a jerk. I'm still a fan though.
Daoulas- January 21, 2010 at 10:46 am
im looking forward to this fight. i wonder if we could ever see George and Renzo fight each other. George would win because he drops huge hellbows to do cerebral damage.
whitey- January 21, 2010 at 10:36 am
i'd say he looks more like a goomba from super mario bros. y'know seeing as how bj isn't green.
Jeepman- January 21, 2010 at 10:33 am
Renzo is and always been a class act.....a true legend of the sport.
Get Off Me- January 21, 2010 at 10:27 am
Go Renzo! The best pre-fight diss I have ever heard delivered by one of the best BJJ guys in the game today. I love the simplicity, intensity and accuracy in the vid above, look at Renzo's eyes.....The fight with Bj and Renzo was great to boot.
ZMMAJUNKY- January 21, 2010 at 10:19 am
@landOencagement
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not the Mama!!!! I'm the baby...gota love me!!
ZMMAJUNKY- January 21, 2010 at 10:18 am
@landOencagement
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mizzo- January 21, 2010 at 10:15 am
@landOencagement bwhahahahahahahahah!!!!
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