Roger Gracie: Chris Weidman can tap anyone, even me


SPEN's Brett Okamoto sat down with Roger Gracie, who makes his UFC debut vs. Tim Kennedy at UFC 162 on July 6. Headlining the event will be Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman. Weidman comes from the Renzo Gracie camp, as does Roger.

Brett Okamoto: Is there an expectation in the family to eventually transition to MMA?

Roger Gracie: Not really. It’s actually the opposite. I’ve had a lot of pressure in my family from uncles and cousins telling me not to do MMA because the sport now it not what it used to be. Now they have massive strong guys and everybody knows jiu-jitsu. They were telling me there is nothing more to prove -- everything has been proven already. But I think each one follows his own path and this is mine.

BO: You expect Kennedy to avoid grappling with you?

RG: It’s hard to say. I’ve seen his fight against Jacare, who, in my opinion, is a much better grappler than he is but he took Jacare down twice. That showed he’s not really afraid to grapple with Jacare. If he tries to grapple with me, though, I will be very surprised. I wouldn’t be surprised if he tries to take me down, but I don’t think he’ll try to grapple with me on the ground.

BO: You’re fighting on the same card as Anderson Silva versus Chris Weidman. Give us your thoughts on that fight.

RG: I think [Weidman] is very, very dangerous. His grappling is at a very high level. He can submit any world-class grappler. I think he’s really that good. He can tap anyone, even me. It’s just a matter of if he can put Anderson in those situations. I would still put my money on Anderson but I think Chris Weidman is dangerous and can surprise him.

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AssassinsNATION site profile image  

6/25/13 1:40 PM by AssassinsNATION

Damn wolf tickets. Win win for the UFC. It's going to be a good match up either way.

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6/25/13 1:39 PM by AssassinsNATION

Exactly that was my point. I don't think he realizes how big of a joke he is by continuing these threads. One or two threads sure but endless trolls threads makes it hard to ever take him serious about anything other than what he is and that's a troll.

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6/25/13 11:11 AM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

I totally understand how you don't have time. Its hard work making "ZOMG this fighter who trains with weidman picked weidman" threads and getting laughed at by an entire forum. Exhausting shit man. Get some rest, please.

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6/25/13 11:09 AM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

If your brother is as good of a "psychiatrist " as you are a "lawyer" I pity anyone who pays for his "help". Did we have a SN bet or no? I want to take one but cannot remember. Thanks chicken little.

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6/25/13 10:42 AM by Anderson's BBC in my Goku

ok..i now realize that you are just a neglected feral child and any attention you can get, even negative attention from me, is the only human contact you receive...alas, unfortunately i dont have time to play with you son... but before i leave you, i suggest you seek some professional brother is a psychiatrist and he works with troubled teens...he may be able to help you..if you want his number pm me...

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6/25/13 10:30 AM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

Then goku starts his "Anderson was really ducking (insert fighter name here) this whole time" campaign....

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6/25/13 10:27 AM by sitchpack

Weidman gets paid and the ufc gets paid from all the wolf ticket sales.

AssassinsNATION site profile image  

6/25/13 10:20 AM by AssassinsNATION

Still clinging to hope that Weidman dethrones AS. It will be a great match but if Weidman loses then what ?

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6/25/13 9:52 AM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

Hey seriously though child, did we do a SN bet too? I can't remember if I have a SN bet for this fight...

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6/25/13 9:45 AM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

If by emotional you mean laughing at you, you're spot on. Cluck. You have the reading comprehension of the turd I just released in the toilet. I don't care aether you post bet slips. We have a bet already. You're just a coward that's all :-) 40% chance my ass. You don't even believe yourself when you type that. So cute.