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Report: Matt Hughes vs. Renzo Gracie In the Works for UFC 109 in February

(Renzo owns Maurice Smith in 50 seconds at the Rings King of Kings tourney in December 1999. Fight starts at the 1:35 mark.)

We should have seen this one coming as soon as Lorenzo Fertitta "popped his tweet hymen" by asking fans if they’d like to see Renzo Gracie in the UFC. Fertitta must have gotten more yays than nays, because according to, Gracie is being penciled in for a scrap against Matt Hughes at UFC 109 (February 6th, Las Vegas).

Though Renzo has had a long career in vale tudo and MMA, this would be the first time he competes in the venue that his family made famous. However, he hasn’t fought at all since his disqualification win against Frank Shamrock at EliteXC: Destiny in February 2007. By comparison, Matt Hughes’s last appearance was his unanimous decision over Matt Serra in May.

At 42 years old, Renzo nicely falls into that beatable aging legends category of opponent that Hughes is currently pursuing, at the expense of more meaningful fights against those AKA jokesters. We wouldn’t say Hughes vs. Gracie (Not That Gracie) is a bigger fight than Hughes vs. Swick, but it definitely gives Matt a better chance of retiring gracefully. And in the end, isn’t that what we all want?

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UFC fan- November 12, 2009 at 8:32 pm
I think it could be built up as family pride, and renzo is coming to avenge Royce.
That would great to see Matt Hughes unconscious body lying there twitching, a fitting end to his career.
Hamma Fist Elbow Bam-Bam- November 12, 2009 at 11:56 am
I hope he gets his ass subbed.
Walrus- November 12, 2009 at 11:26 am
Hughes vs. Sakuraba

I'd pay for that one
Sakuraba3900- November 12, 2009 at 11:22 am
I agree with McPP

Sakuraba must be brought back to the UFC to win again one trip in the Octogon isnt enough.

Barc- November 12, 2009 at 11:05 am
I just wanna know, when are we gonna see Kyra Gracie and Gina Carano go at it. That's the most important contribution that the Gracies could make to the world at the current time. If they wanted to fight each other one day, that'd be cool too.
Teehee McPeepee- November 12, 2009 at 9:37 am
how bout we just throw matty in against sakuraba?
Teehee McPeepee- November 12, 2009 at 9:35 am
when do we get to see some of the younger Gracie members in the UFC?
agentsmith- November 12, 2009 at 9:23 am
So if Hughes beats Renzo, will he then get matched against other Gracies and become the new Sakuraba?
denver_rolling- November 12, 2009 at 9:00 am
Renzo is the man!! This is awesome
shitbag- November 12, 2009 at 8:55 am
I hope Renzo pwns Hughes
Acrocerid- November 12, 2009 at 8:43 am
Love the honesty OBI.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- November 12, 2009 at 8:35 am
I really don't know how I feel about this.

I LOVE Renzo and he is probably my favorite Gracie. Hughes annoys me and I'd love to see him get choked out and then retire.

Honestly, Renzo is getting up there in years and a 2 year layoff from the cage is not a good sign. Hughes will be ready to fight, so this could be a tough match.

Honestly, I'd like to see Hughes take on some of the AKA guys, but still, seeing Renzo in the octagon would be awesome.
nut shot- November 12, 2009 at 8:26 am
predictable! What's with promoters constantly protecting there posterboys? This fight is a lose lose situation for the fans.
lowercasejace- November 12, 2009 at 7:50 am
if it's true i'd love to see gracie submit hughes.
omunto- November 12, 2009 at 7:44 am
Way too much ego for one cage to hold. My guess is they end up having sex with themselves for 15 minutes...