White offered Renzo a check to retire, Gracie offered to fight for free
Renzo Gracie is a legend in mixed martial arts. His last professional fight was at UFC 112 and was a TKO loss to Matt Hughes. At 46 years, Gracie is far past his fighting prime, but isn’t quite ready to end his career. Meeting with Dana White last week in Vegas, Gracie showed the fighting spirit that has endeared him to fight fans:
“He was a gentleman,” Gracie told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s The MMA Hour. “He made me an offer I almost couldn’t refuse. He offered me a check to not fight and I almost couldn’t refuse. ‘Renzo, I like you so much I would hate if you get hurt.’ Getting hurt is part of our business, you know?
“His offer was almost as good as mine,” he continued. “Mine, he couldn’t refuse. His, I could refuse. I said, ‘Please, don’t do that to me. Let me get there one more time,’ and he laughed. He told me, ‘Tell me when (you want to fight).’”
Gracie wants to compete so bad that he even offered to get inside the cage for no money.
“I offered to fight for free, and he laughed,” Gracie said. “‘I could never have you fight for free. Not you,’ (White responded). It’s not money I need, and he said, ‘I know.’ I want to do something without the need to do that. I think that way a man fights better.”