White: Renzo, why do you want to still fight at age 46?


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."


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pheonix5 site profile image  

10/6/13 11:59 PM by pheonix5

You had me at spit and rubber. Make it happen Dana.

BJ Penn Forever site profile image  

10/6/13 11:53 PM by BJ Penn Forever

On a side note, anyone think Renzo and Newton needed to have a third fight? They both won a spit over one another. That always screamed rubber match but it never happened. Newton should come out of retirement and they could settle the score.

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

10/6/13 11:15 PM by ChaosOverkill

smh, asking a Brazillian fighter why he still wants to fight, seriously get bent Dana. I get you can only conceptualize money and accomplishment on paper becasue you never fought anywhere but when you dedicate your life so something and define yourself with it, you don't want to EVER STOP DOING IT.   All you see is a guy that lost to Hughes, that's all you ever seen in any of these fighters, to him that's just a part of history for him and he moves on and want's to do what gives him pleasure and exhiliration. The reporters have to stop asking him these stupid questions, it's clear he doesn't get what fighters think.

Mark Hunter site profile image  

10/6/13 11:13 PM by Mark Hunter

Doesn't train with a top camp? I see your point . . . I mean, he would only have GSP, Weidman, and Frankie Edgar to train with. With shitty training partners like that, why even bother?

Bucephalus site profile image  

10/1/13 12:09 AM by Bucephalus

Good article. A lot of interesting points that raise some deep and meaningful questions - like for instance, is it true that everyone will poop their pants when they die?

ChokeEmOut site profile image  

9/30/13 8:08 PM by ChokeEmOut

I think Renzo doesnt respect MMA for what it is today. What I mean by that is the fact that he doesn't fight regularly, doesn't train with a top camp.The days of fighting every 2-3yrs are over. I just don't see how he expects to have good results with that approach.He's got bigger balls than anyone but I wish he took a different approach.

Glovegate site profile image  

9/30/13 7:28 PM by Glovegate

"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." This is one of the most fucking amazing quotes I've ever read. If I were Dana, I'd give him another fight on this alone.  

DarkHelmet site profile image  

9/30/13 6:54 PM by DarkHelmet

He was doing this when you were in your fathers nutsack Dana

Jason Reinhardt site profile image  

9/30/13 3:54 PM by Jason Reinhardt

Way to go Renzo! I've always said, "fighters are the ones who decide when we are ready to stop" How would someone who enjoys Golf so much or any sport, feel if they were told never to pick up a golf club again? I use Golf, because so many enjoy it so much! It's a huge PASSION like fighting is to fighters. Or any sport one enjoys with all his/her heart. We all are gonna die someday. Why not go out on your sword? I just believe a true Warrior keeps going! Keeps fighting. Let the fighter be the one who decide. #And i'm a huge Dana White fan. but that's how I feel about it. For some, if we don't fight again, you will live the rest of your life with part of your soul missing.

The Elastic Assassin site profile image  

9/30/13 3:25 PM by The Elastic Assassin

To answer dana's question: because when renzo buttscoots out of bed in the morning and looks in the mirror he sees a man that wants to fight, has the skills to.fight and the will to prepare to fucking fight I am 42...i too am feeling the call...i think i have a few left in me