Royce Gracie: 'Training MMA is Kimbo Slice'

source: graciemag.com
 

On the latest episode of Brazil’s “Sensei Sportv” television program, Royce Gracie addressed retirement, his desire to have one last battle, Matt Hughes, Renzo, the new Gracies coming up the ranks, and he opened up about what a Royce Gracie fight purse is like. Below are exceprts from the piece.

“I only listen to my coaches, who I want to listen to. The others don’t matter to me.”

“Matt Hughes in the octagon in Rio would be ideal. He’s the one I’m after.”

“In that fight with him I’d gone overboard in training. Dad told me: “That’s a mistake.”

“If I could, I’d only eat fruit.”

“I’ve been doing Jiu-Jitsu for 44 years. I always kept my mind open to other styles but just to know what I may be up against. I’m not going to learn wrestling to try and take down Matt Hughes.”

“MMA? You practice a martial art. Nogueira’s done Jiu-Jitsu his whole life, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t complement that with boxing. Now if I go and train MMA, what does that mean? Training MMA is Kimbo Slice. Can he stand and bang with a boxer? No. Can he put up a good fight on the ground? No. He’s a tough guy, but he’s not good. MMA isn’t a martial art. You have to have somewhere you come from, you have to know an art.”

“Dana White knows what I’m worth; he knows what I bring to the table. Yes, my fight purse has seven digits!”

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bhealthy site profile image  

6/27/11 5:25 PM by bhealthy

the advantage of being kimbo slice is, kimbo slice doesnt need to juice to play mma against sakuraba

Nuetraman site profile image  

6/26/11 7:39 PM by Nuetraman

F-level fighters will beat Royce today

Shope_1990 site profile image  

6/25/11 1:26 AM by Shope_1990

Evan Tanner?

Nuetraman site profile image  

6/24/11 11:14 PM by Nuetraman

bring Saku back and beat the living hell out of him

Doomsday site profile image  

6/24/11 7:14 PM by Doomsday

Forest Griffin?

Neogio site profile image  

6/24/11 7:10 PM by Neogio

With alot more mma gyms opening up fighters like Rory that are strictly trained as a mma fighter will become more common place. Tma gyms are even converting to more Mma based cross training programs.

Immaculata site profile image  

6/24/11 6:14 PM by Immaculata

I disagree with Royce's statement.

CLINTK9 site profile image  

6/24/11 5:22 PM by CLINTK9

I agree. You may have a few cases of "MMA" Learned fighters that end up rising above, but most end up like cookie cutter fighters that are jack of all trades masters of none.Being Young guys and their athleticism are helping them be decent MMA fighters, but usually the Best of Best out there came from somewhere in a Martial Art!

JoeHurley site profile image  

6/24/11 12:54 PM by JoeHurley

 Ask the Avellan brothers how often Kimbo came in to train.  And didn't Bas drop Kimbo because Kimbo didn't want to drill groundwork and leg locks for the Shamrock fight? Like the guy who says he has been training BJJ for 2 years, but he's still a white belt because he comes in twice a month and never puts in the time and dedication.

BUFFGEO site profile image  

6/24/11 12:50 PM by BUFFGEO

“MMA? You practice a martial art. Nogueira’s done Jiu-Jitsu his whole life, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t complement that with boxing. Now if I go and train MMA, what does that mean? Training MMA is Kimbo Slice. Can he stand and bang with a boxer? No. Can he put up a good fight on the ground? No. He’s a tough guy, but he’s not good. MMA isn’t a martial art. You have to have somewhere you come from, you have to know an art.”Think what you like about Royce Gracie, but this statement is exactly right