At the time, $200 for 9 tapes was an insanely good deal. Rickson had some interesting commentary on cesar prior to debut against frank shamrock
In an interview with ESPN Magazine weeks before the fight, Rickson Gracie stated that Cesar is a Gracie only on the woman's side of the family. "Strange to me that he don't represent his own father's name when fighting a great former champion like Frank Juarez Shamrock."
When asked if there was any way that Cesar could pull out a win against Shamrock, Rickson said, "there is no way, my friend...you can give a duck bread year after year and the duck will feed on it as if he were human. But once you stop giving the bread to the duck, can it still fish and fend for itself? Well, it is time for Cesar to fend for himself."
Two jupes cemented his legacy with this comment
"Give a duck his bread, and his career will be destroyed by a flamboyant gorilla with dyed hair, but teach a duck to bake and he will run a successful no gi franchise."