Royce Gracie was a special guest on the press conference of UFC Rio, and talked exclusively with TATAME after the event. Without measuring words, Gracie revealed he didn’t negotiate to fight in the show, but he still wants to fight one last time. Check below the interview and know about what Royce said about UFC Rio and the growth of MMA in Brazil, among other things.
Guilherme Cruz: Did you imagine it’d be that huge?
Royce Gracie: Man, it’s been like that for years. It’s a snowball that is growing for years now. Everybody wants to see who the best fighter is. But, to find that out, you must get into the ring and figure it out (laughs). We’ll know it Saturday.
GC: Do you believe someday MMA will be as big here as it is on the United States?
RG: It already is. The tickets were sold out in one hour. On the United States it’s not that fast.
GC: Did you expect to be in this card? Are you upset not to be fighting in UFC Rio?
RG: We didn’t even start negotiating it. There’s no frustration. It’s all good.
Do you think to return or do you think you’re done?
RG: I have one more fight to do. But we have to know when it’s time to retire when you’re in this sport.
GC: And your time hasn’t come yet?
RG: It’s hard for a fighter to stop fighting.
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