Roger Gracie: 'I fight because I'm proud of the family'

by Ray Hui | source: mmafighting.com
 

"The difference which makes you a good fighter or not is how well you can deal with the pressure and I think that's something I learned a lot the past year is to use that [to] my favor," said the 29-year-old Gracie. "The more pressure for me, the better, because You are just going to make me train even harder. You are going to push me forward to do better and better."

Born to the late Mauricio Motta Gomes, a seventh degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black and red belt, and Reila Gracie, daughter of Carlos Gracie, might have pushed Roger into a life of fighting whether he would have found it fulfilling or not. Luckily, it's something the dominant jiu-jitsu competitor is thankful for.

"[Fighting is] the joy of my life apart from my family," Gracie said. "I can't see myself doing anything else. The main drive I always had as a father was because I knew where I came from and I knew where I stand in the family. Now if I didn't have that, I don't know if I would have the drive, but now I love what I do and I'm thankful to god that he put me in this place."

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Zamiel site profile image  

1/19/11 5:31 PM by Zamiel

Well his name is Roger Gracie Gomes, according to Wikipedia, but the reasoning for using Gracie as his fight career surname doesn't need to be explained. And the fact that it's his real middle name makes it even more natural.

SudburyBJJ site profile image  

1/19/11 5:17 PM by SudburyBJJ

This is common practice in some areas of South America and Roger is not the only one in his family to do this. It's about keeping the Gracie name alive in the lineage. Not only that, but it's more likley that Roger's parents named him "Gracie"...not him.

anunaki site profile image  

1/19/11 5:09 PM by anunaki

its perfectly normal in latin america to use your mothers maiden name. lets not be ignorant now, nif your gonna troll, try harder.

Zamiel site profile image  

1/19/11 5:05 PM by Zamiel

No it's not, he's a goddamn Gracie! It makes total sense for him to use the Gracie name in a fight career. Child, please.

GOMT site profile image  

1/19/11 5:01 PM by GOMT

Mauricio Gomes Isn't Dead

John Harris site profile image  

1/19/11 4:29 PM by John Harris

Wondering about this myself.  I've got three daughters with no more kids on the way and I'm an only child with no brothers.  How does someone even approach keeping someones last name?  

John Harris site profile image  

1/19/11 4:29 PM by John Harris

Wondering about this myself.  I've got three daughters with no more kids on the way and I'm an only child with no brothers.  How does someone even approach keeping someones last name?  

MMA_KNOWLEDGE site profile image  

1/19/11 4:17 PM by MMA_KNOWLEDGE

Mauricio Gomes, RIP.

MMA_KNOWLEDGE site profile image  

1/19/11 4:17 PM by MMA_KNOWLEDGE

"The main drive I always had as a father was because I knew where I came from and I knew where I stand in the family."Is he a father?

painbringer666 site profile image  

1/19/11 3:55 PM by painbringer666

kinda disrespectful to his dad to use the gracie last name instead of gomes



 

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