Renzo intends to move to 155 pound division

by Tommy Hackett | source:

On the future

“I’m looking forward to fighting again toward the end of the year. They’re going to propose me someone, and I’ll be more than glad to make it happen.”

“I’m trying to go down to 155. I fought Matt Hughes and was 169 on the day of the fight. I believe I can push myself to be 155, and do it healthy, do it the right way, you know?”

On Roger Gracie

“Roger is fighting next week. He’s training with us, him and Braulio Estimo. Braulio is fighting Shine in North Carolina, same day. It’s going to be an interesting weekend. I’ll be with Roger and Ricardo Almeida will be with Braulio. Oh man, they’re training very hard. He’s commiting himself at 205. It’s going to be an unbelievable battle. Ricardo Almeida will be fighting Matt Hughes at UFC 117 (in August). So it’s going to be very interesting. We will have a full year of competition.”

On teaching

“Oh yeah, I’m still a white belt. Every time I come to a seminar like this, I am able to improve myself… to correct things I’m doing wrong. By looking at other people I can make it better, you know. It makes me understand better the moves… teaching is actually learning.”

On Jiu-Jitsu

“I believe this is the greatest sport in the world. Take your time, join, train, you’re going to fall in love. It’s addictive. You’re going to see the jiu-jitsu adapt to your personality, the way that you are. The next thing you’ll see is the greatest sport you ever did in your life. And it’s the rest of your life. That’s the funny thing. You don’t train for five or six years. You train forever.”

A hero's heroes

“I have a lot of heroes, my friend. Even Maurice Smith! He started the game late and he did unbelievably. Matt Hume, he was a very tough fighter but he was an unbelievable teacher. There’s people who really matter, really make this sport. Those are among them. My family, who are always on my side and in my corner. I can’t even thank them enough, you know.”

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japetto site profile image  

5/14/10 7:35 PM by japetto

You have to be kidding.

LMFAO site profile image  

5/14/10 7:28 PM by LMFAO

renzo was world class and still is world class....grappler

brdrchoker site profile image  

5/14/10 7:22 PM by brdrchoker

   Why is it people compare people  weather it be  any sport to the athletes in the given sport at the moment? You are comparing apples to oranges, Renzo is and was a good fighter, age and the sports evolution may have passed him by. By that thinking Sak, Babe Ruth, Oscar Robinson, Michael Jordan, ect, ect all sucked because later in their carrers the skils had they were never any good..

hackett site profile image  

5/14/10 6:20 PM by hackett

Yeah, thanks anyway I guess. Hope you enjoyed it. If you get a chance to train with Renzo I'd definitely recommend it.

thforklift site profile image  

5/14/10 2:16 PM by thforklift

 i read the interview but im biased, because i had a picture of him on my bedroom wall my senior year of high school (1996-97) and he is one of the dudes that inspired me to fight. 

hackett site profile image  

5/14/10 2:12 PM by hackett

TTT for that.So... anyone read the interview? :)

TeamRenzo site profile image  

5/14/10 1:09 PM by TeamRenzo

I let him know your thoughts, I am sure that will push him to train harder to prove you wrong.Renzo thanks you in advance!

BUFFGEO site profile image  

5/14/10 11:54 AM by BUFFGEO

look at the dates, theyre all clueless noob.everyone always thinks the old generation sucks and there generation is the best. I got news for you noobs, it isnt and it isnt even close


5/14/10 11:18 AM by K-Dub-"T"


FortyKoatz site profile image  

5/14/10 11:14 AM by FortyKoatz

His hughes fight was terrible but he was one of the best in the world at one point.