Rolles Gracie comments on loss

by Marcelo Dunlop | source: graciemag.com
 

What must be most bothersome to you at this time is seeing that all the hard work you put into training didn’t yield the desired result. What conclusions have you reached since this fight?

Sure, all the hours of training and time spent away from my family, it seems it didn’t pay off. Of course this bothers me. But I also learned how I need to restructure my training program. The truth is that I didn’t perform to expectations and to my best, what I need to do now is train harder and keep fighting.

The impression from the outside was that up until your mounting everything was going according to plan… When did you feel the fatigue?

I think anyone who watched the fight could easily see that things were going well for the first few minutes. The first round was mine. To be honest, I don’t really remember when the exhaustion set in, but it was probably in the end of the first round. I should have paced myself better but I kept pushing forward and exhausted my energy.

Did the change of opponent, seeing before you a completely different guy, influence you in any way, perhaps subconsciously?

I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t effect me. But, this happens all the time.  In fact, 3 out of my 4 fights had changes in opponents due to injury very late in the game and one fight was cancelled altogether, too late to even find another opponent. It’s part of the business and you just have to try to adapt and move on

How have you dealt with the criticism?

I understand the fans are disappointed. I appreciate all the support I received and I wanted to put on a good show. What can I say? It wasn’t my day.  I mean, this is MMA, not golf.  The fans are a different breed and when they are angry, they definitely let you know. With the internet, Twitter, e-mail, Facebook…everyone is so accessible and with the click of a button, you can tell an athlete exactly what you think of his performance. That’s just the way it is these days and I’m glad to be a part of a sport where the fans are so enthusiastic.

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Oddessa site profile image  

2/12/10 1:24 PM by Oddessa

  Rolles 'Royce' aint makin Dubai for 114 after the Mexican invasion ...

dudefromisrael site profile image  

2/12/10 8:11 AM by dudefromisrael

Rolles Royce, IMHO (Rolls-Royce)

rbl site profile image  

2/11/10 7:00 PM by rbl

 Talk about psychological pressure, being the guy brought in on a week's notice to fight a Gracie would be no picnic either. Beltran stayed calm, survived and got the win, full credit to him.

Scream13 site profile image  

2/11/10 6:37 PM by Scream13

Rolles has been cut. \

txt site profile image  

2/11/10 12:55 PM by txt

agreed.. win/lose, there will always be critics. too much risk w/ little gain. that said, props to his opponent - joey beltran and we'll see how this result affects Rolles' game. My guess is that he comes back stronger.

Humboldt JuiJitsu site profile image  

2/11/10 12:28 PM by Humboldt JuiJitsu

 ^

SKARHEAD site profile image  

2/11/10 12:26 PM by SKARHEAD

This is literally the stupidest post I've read in many months. Do you REALLY think this way ??? LOL @ blaming the UFC for this guy not taking his training seriously and slacking off. It's his 1st UFC fight...if the point is to build him up they SHOULD give him an easy fight so he can look impressive, gain some fan interest, and help him get some Octagon experience/get rid of those jitters.He should have taken advantage of this opportunity the UFC gave him to shine in an easy fight and then build him up from there....Instead he came in looking like crap and lost via TKO.LOL @ blaming the UFC for his loss and lack of preperation.OBVIOUSLY he wasn't ready to face a bigger name fighter. LMAO @ blaming his loss on the UFC and their "disrespect" to him....Unreal and I am a looooongtime Gracie fan and Gracie Jiu Jitsu practitioner, but your post is FAR BEYOND RETARDED.

BigNat site profile image  

2/11/10 12:16 PM by BigNat

exactly it was like after he couldn't keep him down on the ground. he stood up and then no more energy i was like what the hell was his cardio program. he was not even fit to roll in that condition. the only thing i could think he overtrained or he was cutting weight and could not rehydrate

CJJScout site profile image  

2/11/10 9:37 AM by CJJScout

He should get with Longo.

CindyO site profile image  

2/11/10 6:48 AM by CindyO

  VTFU! Cindy