Royce: Kyra is better than Ronda

 

Kyra Gracie is one of the most accomplished women in the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and although she hasn't crossed over to MMA, her uncle Royce Gracie is confident in her abilities:

"Kyra has talent, is tough, she only needs the discipline to train (MMA)," he continued. "It’s always a pleasure to watch a Gracie winning. We were born fighting. She has the whole package."

Submission artist Ronda Rousey is the current bantamweight champion in the UFC’s women’s division, but Royce Gracie believes the multiple-time jiu-jitsu world champion has what it takes to dethrone the undefeated champion if she decides to fight MMA one day.

"She has more submissions, is more used to competition," he said. "(Ronda Rousey) is good, she knows what she’s doing. (But) Kyra’s jiu-jitsu is better, with a gi or in MMA."

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georgejonesjr site profile image  

10/9/13 2:01 PM by georgejonesjr

Yoshida won gold at 90kg, but he was already overweight by then (again, ask around in the judo community at the time, it was commented on long before he went into MMA, he was developing a gut). And yes, his judo was that good that he could beat bigger guys despite not being lean. As you say, not great at ne-waza, but extremely good throws.Still, he only finished up 9th in the 2000 Olympics (he broke his arm trying unsuccessfully to stop an ippon throw), and most judo commentators said he was simply too small for 90kg. After that injuries took a toll on him, and he never won regularly in international judo again - hence the jump to MMA.He certainly was tough; being able to battle Wand like he did shows that. And almost certainly stronger than Royce even when he fought at 173 - he was definitely a world class athlete. But he was never as fit or fast at 90kg (200 pounds) as he was at 78kg (173 pounds), and at 225 pounds he was, to put it bluntly, overweight.I'm not saying he'd have beaten Royce in MMA if he was fit; Royce accomplished a lot more than Yoshida did in MMA. My comment was that both Yoshida and Royce were well past their prime by the time they fought, which I'd suggest is obvious. Yoshida was so beaten up by injuries he couldn't even win judo matches any more (and he had gold medal level judo), and Royce was no where near the guy he'd been in the 90's because of age and wear and tear.

DarkHelmet site profile image  

10/8/13 9:22 PM by DarkHelmet

These fucking gracie's

TtoMyJ14 site profile image  

10/8/13 8:20 PM by TtoMyJ14

all this thread proves that no ones read articles anymore and just thread titles.

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10/8/13 7:38 PM by Wasa-B

Yoshida also won the 90kg class at the 1999 worlds in judo. He was able to go the distance with Wand just prior to Royce so I'd say he was in decent shape but he was def not at his optimum weight in his Pride days imo. Royce did dominate the rematch no doubt. Yoshida did also fight in Aug (Tamura where his leg got pretty smashed up), Nov 7 (Wand) and then Dec. 31 against Royce in that last part of the year in his 3rd, 4th and 5th respective MMA bouts. I'd say he was rushed in and used as much as possible in the way Saku was used and at the pace he was. Yes, the ref's action against Royce was BS but Yoshida who was also not a great newaza guy in judo and not really an ideal fit to MMA, just the right guy at the right time. I thought he did fairly well in the first match but as he was the bigger, stronger guy, i would expect that and Royce was biding his time. Its clear that Royce was not out however.......and it is the ref's fault but it did look like Royce did go limp from an angle to me though Yoshida seemed to have jumped the gun himself which is not really that cool and embarassing if you really dont have someone out. Yoshida looked pretty gassed in the rematch and looking at his schedule, i can understand why. Still at the end of the day, they made the bout, he was there and got dominated.

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10/8/13 4:14 PM by georgejonesjr

You can find pictures of Yoshida in 1992 without a gi top. You can find pictures of Yoshida in 2002 without a gi top.A quick look at the change in body composition (belly, arms and face) suggest that he did, in fact, mainly put on fat.Look, this is pretty widely admitted in the judo world, where Yoshida is quite respected and generally liked, because he is actually a very decent guy. Even his biggest supporters (except I guess for you) admit that he let himself get overweight. You can like Yoshida (and there's much to respect him for) without overlooking how heavy he let himself get.

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10/8/13 3:38 PM by SKARHEAD

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10/8/13 3:38 PM by SKARHEAD

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10/8/13 3:37 PM by SKARHEAD

Their name will NEVER be irrelevant in MMA, because the jiu jitsu EVERYONE is training in for COUNTLESS hours, days, weeks, and years just to survive in the cage came from them... thanks to them...They're not the best athletes, but they will ALWAYS live on as long as the UFC exists and BJJ is a core element of MMA.....HOWEVER, MMA has become a lame, point oriented, watered down version of a real fight where individual styles are lost and now it's more about jack of all trade cookie cutter fighters, often w/ watered down C level skill making it a contest about who is stronger, faster, and more physically prepared.....Who gives a rat's ass if your family name isn't kingshit of this new brand of Dana White, TUF inspired DOUCHEFEST ?

SKARHEAD site profile image  

10/8/13 3:35 PM by SKARHEAD

What a bullshit post....Yoshida did NOT put on 50lbs of fat...He filled out a ton and added alot of muscle over time. He did NOT EASILY beat Mark Hunt, a roided out Don Frye, and take Vanderlei Silva to the absolute limit and decision BOTH times they fought because he put on 50lbs of fat.That was a REALLy stupid post on your part. LOLAnd regardless of what Royce asked for, that doesn't concern me, We saw the fight. Royce won....Royce knew, Yoshida DAMN WELL KNEW IT, Bas and the announcers said it, and deep down you do too....but after your 50lbs of fat comment it's obvious you wouldn't admit it.....but the video proves it.

SKARHEAD site profile image  

10/8/13 3:30 PM by SKARHEAD

Their name will NEVER be irrelevant in MMA, because he jiu jitsu EVERYONE is training in for COUNTLESS hours, days, weeks, and years came from them thanks to them...They're not the best athletes, but they will ALWAYS live on as long as the UFC exists and BJJ is a core element of MMA.....HOWEVER, MMA has become a lame, point oriented, watered down version of a real fight where individual styles are lost and now it's more about jack of all trade cookie cutter fighters, often w/ watered down C level skill making it a contest about who is stronger, faster, and more physically prepared.....Who gives a rat's ass if your family name isn't kingshit of the new brand of dana White, TUF inspired DOUCHEFEST ?