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“The Conversation With Elias Cepeda” Podcast Ep. 1: Renzo Gracie Discusses Bouncing at a Brothel, His War With Sakuraba, And the Meaning of Courage

By Elias Cepeda

Hey ‘Taters. I’ve been working on a new MMA podcast called “The Conversation” over the past few months, and we’re finally ready to debut it. The concept is simple — in depth, retrospective conversations with the most fascinating people in the fight world.

The production is basic and it’s something that I’ll be working to improve over time. What I hope shines through are the incredible stories that the remarkable people we speak with share during these honest and intimate conversations.

For this episode I traveled to New York to visit with everyone’s favorite Gracie, Renzo. In fact, it was just about a week or two before his now famous mugger smackdown tweet-a-thon. In my own head, I like to think that Renzo discussing self-defense and street fights during this podcast recording got his old-school juices flowing again. That, of course, is nonsense.

Renzo is always Renzo. He has deeply held convictions and stories that would make the fictional “World’s Most Interesting Man,” look like a mail room clerk in comparison.

And if you thought you’ve heard all the crazy stories Renzo had to tell before, I guarantee you have not before now. Renzo details a very independent childhood that had him fighting drug dealers on beaches to living in an Amazon brothel, experiencing lots of firsts. He goes on to talk about his pioneering family and a bit about his own time in Pride and the UFC.

He also opens up about the direction his careers have gone, possible regrets, and looking towards the future. If you love fight stories, life philosophy, and laughing your ass off, join us after the jump for this informal conversation with Renzo Gracie. Enjoy, and let me know what you think.

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Teddy Tom- October 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm
It's invigorating seeing how long I can go on a treadmill listening to this than watching sportscenter.
Elias- October 16, 2012 at 8:09 am
I don't condone you running but I appreciate you listening to the podcast...:)
northandclark- October 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm
Fillet o' Fish
Alan K- October 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm
My favorite Gracie is Rorion. That mustache he used to have was marvelous.
Elias- October 16, 2012 at 8:10 am
Fine, everyone except Alan K's favorite

I grant you that Rorian is most certainly the Tom Selleck of the Gracie family
Viva Hate- October 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm
This reminds me, RIP CagePotato Podcast, you will be missed young child.