Earlier this month Renzo Gracie, appeared on Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour and declared that he wants to fight in the UFC again.
“Believe it, there's nothing that I want to do more than to be back in the cage, to be back fighting," said Gracie as transcribed by Middleeasy. "I just love doing that. Life has been pushing me everywhere but in that direction, but now I'm getting so tired and frustrated with everything else that I'm going to just bury myself into a mat and train the whole day, and do what I love, which is training and fighting. For sure, I'll be fighting again. Man, I've just begun training again and I'm feeling good. I had a few problems in the family and now I got everything tuned up, everything is getting better. So I'm looking to be in top shape in three or four months from now, and from there I'll set up a date.”
Renzo runs the most successful martial arts academy in North America, and has countless affiliated schools that produce world champions in grappling, BJJ, and MMA. He is, by far, the most beloved member of the formidable Gracie family.
At the UFC 168 media day Sunday, UFC president Dana White questioned why Renzo would want to return at age 46.
"I have to ask Renzo Gracie why," said White as transcribed by MMAFighting. "Renzo, you've been around forever, you've accomplished so many things. You have the respect of the entire combat world in every country. I just don’t know why he wants to come back at his age and fight again."
"I mean, he lost badly to Matt Hughes, who was at the end of his career too."
Renzo may have answered the question, as captured in the documentary Renzo Gracie Legacy.
"I will die s----ing on my pants like everybody else, but knowing who I was, you know?" said Gracie. "Knowing for sure and truly who I was."