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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