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9/1/10 7:48 PM
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"I can't just watch it. I was getting cranky because I wasn't fighting. Actually, I decided to take a little while from MMA because my English was terrible. I could talk but not teach jiu-jitsu, so I said, I have to learn to teach in English, because I know that my future is going to be having a jiu-jitsu school and teaching jiu-jitsu."

"My first fight was in PRIDE in front of 60,000 people. I didn't have any amateur fights; I didn't have any small event to start with. I was more scared about the people watching than the fight. I was like, 'Man, what am I doing here?' You know, 60,000 just for you.

"All those years, I didn't stop to train. I was training, but at the same time, I looked at people fighting and said, 'Man, I miss [it].' But I know that I am going to be there again and now is the time. I'm feeling stronger, I have more knowledge in MMA.

"I want to fight in the best shape of my life. And that is what I am doing right now. It's time to get back and it's time to get excited again."

"Because we belong there. Everybody is fighting there because of us. So why are we going to be out watching? That's impossible."

Gracie's return to MMA will take place on Nov. 20, but he wouldn't specify where and against who. It won't be at UFC 123, though, which also takes place on the same day.

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hope he doesnt do a Rolles or Ralph takedown
9/1/10 8:08 PM
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 Daniel is a tough motherfucker. He is an awesome teacher and HE MEANS BUSINESS!
9/1/10 9:51 PM
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Can anyone enlighten a newb? Is it pronounced "Haniel"? I don't want to embarass myself If this comes up IRL Phone Post
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Just Kidding -  Can anyone enlighten a newb? Is it pronounced "Haniel"? I don't want to embarass myself If this comes up IRL Phone Post

 daniel is daniel.
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I laughed so hard my tea came out my nose, well done sir.
9/1/10 10:52 PM
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 Had the privilege to meet Daniel Gracie at a past Ring of Combat and he was a class act. Talked for hours about how he became a member of the Gracie clan even though he is not direct lineage. Good to see him getting back in action
9/1/10 11:41 PM
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Daniel isn't a blood Gracie, iirc.

He is Daniel Simoes. He was given the 'Gracie' last name to get into Pride, from what I remember.

I think the only active Gracies are Rolles, Roger, and Ralek. Not sure if Renzo is returning.
9/2/10 12:12 AM
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he is a gracie a blood relative. Think his mother is a gracie like roger
9/2/10 12:43 AM
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Just Kidding:

I am sure you must be joking, but the pronunciation is actually more like Danielle (not exactly, but the stess is on the "el")...no kidding.

But who cares, we're all speaking English anyway. Just say Daniel.
9/2/10 1:15 AM
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blanko - he is a gracie a blood relative. Think his mother is a gracie like roger


This got me wondering....

After ALOT of research, I still haven't found 'Daniel' on any Gracie family tree.

From my memory, Daniel 'Simoes' started training BJJ at the age of 7. When he went into pride, the Gracie Family just gave him the name 'Gracie' to get a fight in Pride and he just kept it.

Now according to Daniel Gracie website, he is the cousins of Renzo, Ralph and Ryan. Then it says his brother is 'Russo'. There is no 'Daniel' or 'Russo' on any Gracie Family Tree. It also says Daniel has a son named 'Renzo'. The only Renzo on the Gracie Family Tree is the actual MMA Renzo Gracie...

http://www.riliongracie.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62&Itemid=57

NO Daniel Simoes ....

This guy asked the same question 11 months ago...

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091012011748AAEsIfP

I am pretty sure he is not related by blood to any of the Gracies. It is possible he married a female Gracie ala Luke Beston, but then I think the second 'Renzo' , the son of Simoes would be on there from one of the females....
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ttt for Hanielle Gracie- Simoes


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blanko - he is a gracie a blood relative. Think his mother is a gracie like roger


This got me wondering....

After ALOT of research, I still haven't found 'Daniel' on any Gracie family tree.

From my memory, Daniel 'Simoes' started training BJJ at the age of 7. When he went into pride, the Gracie Family just gave him the name 'Gracie' to get a fight in Pride and he just kept it.

Now according to Daniel Gracie website, he is the cousins of Renzo, Ralph and Ryan. Then it says his brother is 'Russo'. There is no 'Daniel' or 'Russo' on any Gracie Family Tree. It also says Daniel has a son named 'Renzo'. The only Renzo on the Gracie Family Tree is the actual MMA Renzo Gracie...

http://www.riliongracie.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62&Itemid=57

NO Daniel Simoes ....

This guy asked the same question 11 months ago...

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091012011748AAEsIfP

I am pretty sure he is not related by blood to any of the Gracies. It is possible he married a female Gracie ala Luke Beston, but then I think the second 'Renzo' , the son of Simoes would be on there from one of the females....


it wouldn't be the first time the gracies have let someone use their name (vitor did for a while) but in this case, daniel is a cousin of renzo's.
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 He could be the son of one of the Gracie girls. In Brazil, dudes will go by their mom's maiden name. Roger does it.
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If memory serves me correct, he is a cousin much like the Machados. Just took the last name for marketing.
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blanko - he is a gracie a blood relative. Think his mother is a gracie like roger


This got me wondering....

After ALOT of research, I still haven't found 'Daniel' on any Gracie family tree.

From my memory, Daniel 'Simoes' started training BJJ at the age of 7. When he went into pride, the Gracie Family just gave him the name 'Gracie' to get a fight in Pride and he just kept it.

Now according to Daniel Gracie website, he is the cousins of Renzo, Ralph and Ryan. Then it says his brother is 'Russo'. There is no 'Daniel' or 'Russo' on any Gracie Family Tree. It also says Daniel has a son named 'Renzo'. The only Renzo on the Gracie Family Tree is the actual MMA Renzo Gracie...

http://www.riliongracie.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62&Itemid=57

NO Daniel Simoes ....

This guy asked the same question 11 months ago...

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091012011748AAEsIfP

I am pretty sure he is not related by blood to any of the Gracies. It is possible he married a female Gracie ala Luke Beston, but then I think the second 'Renzo' , the son of Simoes would be on there from one of the females....


it wouldn't be the first time the gracies have let someone use their name (vitor did for a while) but in this case, daniel is a cousin of renzo's.


Can you find a source saying that his mother is a legit Graice or even Machado for that matter ? ? ?

Everyone, and every site just says 'he's a cousin of renzo' , but nowhere to be found on the Gracie tree..

Roger's mother is a Gracie, he's one the family tree... Vitor Belfort took the Gracie name at Superbrawl 2 to face UFC 5 vet, Jon Hess.. But that doesn't mean he is a blood Gracie.
9/2/10 3:23 AM
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"1st of all, daniel simões isn't even a gracie. he uses the name just like belfort was compelled to do in the beginning of his career but since he found success, unlike simoes, he didn't needed to live under the gracie's name for the rest of his life." - some poster on Sherdog

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Ok, here is the only small bit of Daniel Simoes 'Gracie' i could find....

"Carlson Gracie stopped 1993's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship by putting his gang on the mat to prevent the fights to resume. All because he did not agree with purple belt Daniel Gracie's win over his pupil Ricardo Rey Diogo. Conflict resolved only after his brother Carlinhos negotiated with him an additional fight between Daniel and Diogo to happen during that week in Carlson's gym. Diogo won the rematch, what made Carlson very pleased."

So I am thinking if Daniel Simoes was a blood relative , then Carlson wouldn't have had this major issue. Although, Carlson did cheer for Wallid over Renzo, Ralph, Machado and Royce....

But I doubt he would have made a huge deal if his pupil was beating by a family member.
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Daniel is an awesome instructor and a legit badass, he is also one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.I am one of Daniels blackbelts and represent him on Cape Cod, if you are ever down vacationing come visit us at Cape Cod Fighting Alliance bitches.
9/2/10 7:43 AM
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Wow, even cape cod has a Jiu Jitsu school. That's fucking awesome.
Are you guys down there year round? How many students do you have?
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Loco Lobo - Daniel is an awesome instructor and a legit badass, he is also one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.I am one of Daniels blackbelts and represent him on Cape Cod, if you are ever down vacationing come visit us at Cape Cod Fighting Alliance bitches.


do u know daniel's relation to gracie family ???
9/2/10 11:58 AM
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I'd like to see a reference that backs up that its not the UFC event on Nov 20th. Its kinda crazy for a significant promotion to go up against the big show.
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Joe Rogan - Wow, even cape cod has a Jiu Jitsu school. That's fucking awesome.
Are you guys down there year round? How many students do you have?


The school is headed up by Juliano "Banana" Coutinho who is a Black Belt under Daniel. I am not sure how many students they have but yes they are year round.

Great Jiu Jitsu at the Cape with some awesome instructors.

Loco Lobo you call me a bitch again and I will choke you out (or atleast try...lol)

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