The UFC Royce Gracie started fighting in had no rules, no rounds, and no time limits and Gracie would like to see the UFC return to those roots:
“No gloves, no time limit, no weight division – that would be very interesting,” Gracie said. “The game changes a lot. The strategy changes a lot. It’s a different strategy.”
Of course, that’s not likely to happen any time soon. With FOX currently airing the sport in the U.S. and new global television partners routinely coming on board, what once was spectacle has now become sport, and the days of “no-holds barred” are long gone. While Gracie may long for those early days, he admits the new form of the sport has done pretty well so far.
“Kids grow up and say, ‘One day I want to be a basketball player. One day I want to be a football player or a soccer player,’” Gracie said. “Now they say, ‘One day, I want to be a UFC fighter.’ You know its mainstream now.”
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