Royler Gracie returning to MMA for one last bout
Gracie will face former Shooto titleholder Masakatsu Ueda under the Amazon Forest Combat banner on Sept. 14 in his native Brazil. The bout, according to Ueda’s blog, will be contested at 154 pounds, notable in that he was Shooto champion at 132 pounds. A three-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist, Gracie confirmed to Sherdog.com that it would be his last fight, though it would not come against an opponent he desired most.
“Promoters from Amazon Forest told me they called Eddie Bravo,” said Gracie, who lost to Bravo at the 2003 ADCC world championships. “As far as I know, he didn’t even want to know how much the purse was; he said he doesn’t fight MMA, only ADCC. He was the second option. The first name was Tokoro, who I accepted immediately because he was my last opponent and beat me.”