White: If Renzo wants to fight, call me

 

When Renzo Gracie announced that he wanted to fight again, the overwhelming response in the industry was "why?" Gracie, 46, runs the most successful martial arts school in America, has trained two current UFC champions, and is widely revered in the sport.

However, Renzo appeared on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and offered a definitive answer as to why he wants to fight.

"For having nothing to prove nor nothing to gain," he said. "To fight for what it is without reason, without greed, just for the passion to step once again in the arena and be an inspiration for a future generation of great fighters. To prove that age is only a handicap for the soft ones. And above all, because I love it."

Appearing on Fox Sports Live, UFC president Dana White was amenable to discussing it.

"He's got my phone number," said White. "If Renzo wants to fight, Renzo can call me."

If Renzo does fight in the UFC, who would like to see him matched up with? How about Joe Lauzon?

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Muhammad'I'm-hard'BruceLee site profile image  

10/19/13 2:17 PM by Muhammad'I'm-hard'BruceLee

Probably needs to call him because he's still signed eh...

omega 2013 site profile image  

10/19/13 2:12 PM by omega 2013

At least those were fighters in the PRIME of their careers, not geriatric ward Gracies...

THERE WAS A GLITCH IN THE MATRiX site profile image  

10/19/13 1:40 PM by THERE WAS A GLITCH IN THE MATRiX

Gomi is the perfect fight. Gracies vs Japanese in japan is always big, Gomi is not top 5 anymore, and we never got to see this fight!

KeithM site profile image  

10/19/13 11:28 AM by KeithM

hell, someone go track down Carlos Newton

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

10/19/13 10:46 AM by ranier wolfcastle

too bad zuffa hates militech. he'd take the rematch

Deputy Porker site profile image  

10/19/13 8:46 AM by Deputy Porker

Fuck you Renzo can fight when he's 80 for all I care its not like its going to be the main event

Sam9104 site profile image  

10/19/13 8:41 AM by Sam9104

I don't think any of the top echelon guys would want to fight him cause they probably have some kind of relationship with him. A lot of UFc guys have trained with him and belongs to camps that are connected to him. He could either fight another legend or some foreign.but most awesome would be if they brought Sakuraba or someone like that :)

Sam9104 site profile image  

10/19/13 8:41 AM by Sam9104

I don't think any of the top echelon guys would want to fight him cause they probably have some kind of relationship with him. A lot of UFc guys have trained with him and belongs to camps that are connected to him. He could either fight another legend or some foreign.but most awesome would be if they brought Sakuraba or someone like that :)

Jon Williamson site profile image  

10/19/13 8:26 AM by Jon Williamson

Jens Pulver might be a good match up for Renzo at LW.If BJ Penn wasn't already booked for TUF, he would be a good match up also. In fact, I think I would rather see Renzo coach a season of TUF opposite BJ (instead of Edgar) and then fight. That would be a great buildup and more visibility to his coaching as well as fighting skills.

Muggler site profile image  

10/19/13 7:28 AM by Muggler

Renzo v Macaco in the UFC!Great fight, lots of history there. Would be easy to promote.