Daniel Gracie back to MMA after four-year hiatus
“I can’t just watch it. I was getting cranky because I wasn’t fighting. Actually, I decided to take a little while from MMA because my English was terrible. I could talk but not teach jiu-jitsu, so I said, I have to learn to teach in English, because I know that my future is going to be having a jiu-jitsu school and teaching jiu-jitsu.”
“My first fight was in PRIDE in front of 60,000 people. I didn’t have any amateur fights; I didn’t have any small event to start with. I was more scared about the people watching than the fight. I was like, ‘Man, what am I doing here?’ You know, 60,000 just for you.
“All those years, I didn’t stop to train. I was training, but at the same time, I looked at people fighting and said, ‘Man, I miss [it].’ But I know that I am going to be there again and now is the time. I’m feeling stronger, I have more knowledge in MMA.
“I want to fight in the best shape of my life. And that is what I am doing right now. It’s time to get back and it’s time to get excited again.”
“Because we belong there. Everybody is fighting there because of us. So why are we going to be out watching? That’s impossible.”
Gracie’s return to MMA will take place on Nov. 20, but he wouldn’t specify where and against who. It won’t be at UFC 123, though, which also takes place on the same day.