Roger Gracie: BJJ strategy was ‘fatal mistake’ in MMA fight
“I won’t fight at ADCC (at Birmingham, England on September 24th and 25th). I had in mind maybe I wasn’t fighting it, because every time I fought World before fighting MMA I didn’t feel good, I didn’t feel like my body and mind were 100%. It’s too close to risk it. I’m upset about it, but my priority has changed, I’m closer to MMA and leaving Jiu-Jitsu aside a little. In my mind I still want to fight the World, but it’s once a year, and I don’t mind the rest that much”.
“I couldn’t do what I have trained to do … I believed in my jab and he (King Mo) wasn’t bringing much danger. When I heard Renzo saying there was a minute and a half left for the end of the first round, I relaxed. I didn’t have enough time to submit him nor take him down, he wasn’t punching me, so I thought I would keep it that way until the second round. That was the first mistake. The second was that he accidentally hit his head against mine, and I got dizzy. I moved backwards, he punched me and I felt. That head was practically an accidental knockout. When I tried to grab him, clinch, his head hit my face and I backed off/”
“I was supposed to work on the clinch, because I wouldn’t risk trying to grab his legs and take him down because it wasn’t the beginning of the fight, so I wasn’t using much energy with no purpose. I was supposed to work on the clinch and take him down. And during the first round I didn’t try to do that, and suddenly I realized the danger he was putting me in.
“Losing is terrible. Nobody likes losing, especially being knocked out. But what can I do? I’ll train so it won’t happen again”.
“The lesson is that in MMA you must be more aggressive and you can’t blink. When I let it go when I heard Renzo saying there was a minute and a half left, it was a fatal mistake. In Jiu-Jitsu you can be taken down, lose a point, but in MMA you can be knocked out.”