Royce Gracie open to fight with Eddie Bravo

Monday, March 31, 2014

As reported in the UG Blog, after Eddie Bravo dominated Royler Gracie at Metamoris 3, while throwing up from the exertion, he was accosted by UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie. Gracie was apparently upset at remarks critical of his family that he attributed to Bravo. In fairness, it sounds like a misunderstanding at best, as Bravo has been uniformly positive about, and even effusive in his praise of the Gracie family.

“I wanted to talk to him for years, but never had the chance to meet him,” Royce told MMAFighting. “I met him after the fight and he was there, throwing up. Royler dominated him so much, he did so much strength, that he threw up after the fight.”

“I told him that I liked what he said after the fight, but didn’t like the fact that he always talked trash about Royler and my family. He stood up and started yelling, so I also raised the tone of my voice and told him I didn’t like it.”

“He said he always gave my family credit, but I know it’s not true. He always talks trash about my family. Enough with this s—. He said he never talked bad about my family and he always gave us credit. He kept raising the tone of his voice, and I told him to shut up, so Jean Jacques (Machado) came in, said we didn’t need this and asked (Bravo) to leave.”

Gracie said he would not compete against Bravo in a grappling match, but seemed open to an MMA fight.

“Can we slap each other? Can we beat each other?” Gracie replied a laugh when asked if he’d accept to fight Bravo at Metamoris.

“I’m a vale-tudo fighter. I’m not a fighter to score points of fight with time limit. Let’s (fight) with no time limit and with punches allowed. I’m a vale-tudo fighter, I don’t compete in (grappling) tournaments.”