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Royce Gracie Expects to Finalize UFC Return Deal This Month

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(“Steven Seagal can eat a dick.” Photoprops: Sherdog)

Quick update on Royce Gracie’s rumored appearance at the “UFC Rio” event in August: The Octagon pioneer did an interview with UOL Esporte this week, in which he claimed that negotiations for a return fight are in the final stages. As Gracie said:

(UFC Rio) would be the perfect place to do my last fight. I never fought in Rio de Janeiro and I couldn’t be more psyched. We are negotiating (the fight deal), but we should have it finalized in two weeks. We only had an initial contact and I don’t even have an opponent yet, but we should have that finalized soon…My weight is the same as it was twenty years ago [80kg], I am still training, keeping the blade sharp. I follow a very strict diet. I never drank, never party, Carnaval, none of that… I’m ready to fight.

Of course, this contradicts earlier reports claiming that the 44-year-old legend’s participation was unlikely. And to be honest, it still sounds like bullshit. For the hundredth time, who is the UFC going to find for Royce to fight? Who?? If it’s not an old-schooler like Sakuraba or one of the Shamrocks, this would be a very bad idea.┬áBut then why would Gracie publicly state that he was two weeks away from finalizing a deal, unless it’s legit? We’ll find out soon enough…

After the jump: Royce Gracie’s last MMA victory that wasn’t immediately followed by a positive steroid test.

(Royce Gracie vs. Akebono, K-1 Premium 2004 Dynamite!!, 12/31/04)

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Shaky- April 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm
Wallid Ismail?..Anyone?
Clyde- April 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm
Yeah, it was Jimmerson. And I'll suggest James Toney as an opponent, a flashback to when Royce took on guys who were way bigger but no one really knew what they were doing.
ArmFarmer- April 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm
Ah was it Jimmerson? Been so long since I saw it I couldn't remember..
imabigfan- April 13, 2011 at 11:55 am
I hate the acronym as if it beat my dog, but I honestly laughed out loud at the caption. bravo.

Luis CK would like to know if there is a bag involved...
LOKI- April 13, 2011 at 11:32 am
@ArmFarmer-You shut'cher goddamn mouth when you talk about Art Jimmerson like that! Brutha gonna panic when a foreigner cops a squat on his chest...who knows what he might be up to.
Fried Taco- April 13, 2011 at 11:19 am
@ArmFarmer - that was a submission due to BO. Or Royce had that stanky breff.
ArmFarmer- April 13, 2011 at 10:50 am
There was a guy that tapped out because he got mounted in one of the first few ufc's... that's how well trained his opponents were. Dude didn't get punched, kneed, elbowed, or threatened with a submission.. just got mounted and was like fuck it tap tap tap.
ArmFarmer- April 13, 2011 at 10:45 am
kos, hughes, penn, serra, akiyama.. all would murder Gracie. There haven't been any deaths in the octagon yet lets keep it that way please.

Gracie was the man in the early ufc's when he was fighting guys that had never even heard of bjj and muay thai, but he is not capable of hanging with any current top 10 fighters.

Yes he deserves respect for the part he played in making the sport what it is today, but lets be realistic. Look at the competition in the early ufc's. He won because he was fighting the equivalent of checkers players giving chess a try without even knowing how to play.
El Guapo- April 13, 2011 at 10:24 am
Shinya Ao.. D'oh!
Also. Best. Caption. Evah.
bgoldstein- April 13, 2011 at 10:21 am
Dagnut- April 13, 2011 at 9:45 am
GSP.....lets just see what the real gulf is between then and now
LOKI- April 13, 2011 at 9:37 am
Eddie Bravo!
DARKHORSE06- April 13, 2011 at 9:34 am
Dan Severn is still actively competing. For Godsake UFC make this happen...Severn could make 205.....
El Famous Burrito- April 13, 2011 at 9:24 am
Phil Baroni?
Dennis Hallman?
intercept440- April 13, 2011 at 9:17 am
@steampunk more like old leg take the tar off..

i think marco ruas would be the best choice here as well loki
LOKI- April 13, 2011 at 9:16 am
Marcos Ruas
steampunk22- April 13, 2011 at 9:02 am
I'll say it again. OLEG TAKTAROV.
BigShig- April 13, 2011 at 8:49 am
Frank Shamrock (Catchweight)
BJ Penn
Matt Serra
Matt Hughes
ReX13- April 13, 2011 at 8:44 am
Shamrock still owes Zuffa, right?
Fried Taco- April 13, 2011 at 8:35 am
I still say Royce vs Renzo.
Uppercut Magnet- April 13, 2011 at 8:30 am
I hope he does his hop kick hop kick takedown combo
Rolls-Royce Gracie- April 13, 2011 at 8:28 am
'tis my house. I build it.
dhx711- April 13, 2011 at 8:19 am
Someone call Dan Severn.