Renzo Gracie Returns To Fighting On July 27
At 51 years old, Renzo Gracie is plotting his return to fighting, and not just a one-off. The MMA ambassador will take his first fight in 8 years at ONE Championship’s Reign Of Kings on July 27th.
Gracie is signed to fight Yuki Kondo, and he’s looking to fight more than just the one night.
“I can’t wait,” he told MMA Fighting. “This is a chance to learn. What we actually carry from this life is memories. Everything else, we don’t take with us. So, what is the best place for you to live the equivalent of years and to acquire memories in seconds? It’s the MMA cage. In there you learn a lot, and I’m able to improve all those around me not just as people, but as fighters with technique, and from what I’m going to learn under the stress and how I will deal with it. That knowledge and those memories, it’s a chance to live years in minutes.”
“There is a big difference in what I could do when I was young… But now I don’t have the stupidity, the ignorance, the lack of knowledge that I had when I was young. So I’m able to see things clearer and better. What people don’t understand when they say ‘You’re going over the hill,’ is downhill is when you pick up speed. Going downhill is 100 percent better than climbing the hill. So downhill, I’m coming. I’m smarter, I’m better and I have a new arsenal.”
Gracie’s comeback started with one conversation with ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong , when the two were at an event when the executive asked if he had thought about fighting again. Yes, Gracie replied. Plans quickly came together.
“I love it, it represents the old samurai concept,” he said of ONE Championship. “It reminds me of PRIDE, it’s the closest thing to PRIDE out there. I love the people that work there, the way they manage, and how they care for the fighters. To treat me good is easy. Everywhere I go, I’m well-treated. But I see how they treat the newcomers. They feel like stars. They’ve done a great job giving their young fighters a place in the sun.”
“You’re talking to a guy who loves to fight… If someone comes to my front door and says he came here to fight me, we’ll move the furniture from my beautiful living room and we’ll make a match right then. If there is a life after this one, I hope they allow spirits to fight.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting