Kyra Gracie confident vs. Ronda Rousey, in a submission match

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tatame recently interviewed Kyra Gracie about Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg.

“She has great skills pulling off that armbar. Congratulations,” complimented Gracie. “I guess she’s doing a great job representing women in MMA. She has a good Judo background and managed to well adapt her skills to MMA. Each fight she comes better and better on ground and stand-up skills.”

“She’s training Jiu-Jitsu with my cousin Cesar in San Francisco, and I can see she’s evolving.”

“I’m training right now. I added Boxing to my training routine, I’m training with Claudio Coelho but I always focus more in Jiu-Jitsu because that’s where I come from. MMA growth makes me think about it more and more each day. I’m studying some propositions and checking with my coaches when would be the best moment to do it. But it doesn’t slow things down.”

“I gotta take one step at a time. I can’t do it all at once and then break down. I’m a white belt at this sport.”

However, Kyra trust her ground game skills in a possible future fight against Ronda.

“I have pretty good armbar defense; I proved that already in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments”, said a laughing Gracie, who added in a submission or jiu-jitsu match, she would have the advantage over Rousey. “I’m an expert at Submission, so…”

“They’re not in the same weight class, but I wanna watch it in case it happens,” Gracie said of a superfight between Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg when the latter comes off her suspension for PEDs. “It’s hard to predict an outcome for this fight because each fight is unique.”

“I guess Cris is more complete because she has a great stand-up and has been evolving a lot on the ground, and she’s a two-time world champion (of Jiu-Jitsu) on the purple belt. Ronda is an Olympian athlete, who trains since she was a little girl and is used to suffering from training.”

“I trained Jiu-Jitsu with Cris in San Diego earlier this year, before World. It would be a great experience and we both benefit from it.”

“Since I trained with her before World I could notice her moves and explosion. I knew it would be hard to take that world title from her.”

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