In case you’ve missed it, renowned jiu-jitsu guru and MMA vet Renzo Gracie has been campaigning for another bout in the UFC, even though he’s 46 and hasn’t fought since 2010. How badly does the famous trainer want to fight? Well, evidently he’s told UFC boss man Dana White he’ll throw down for free…
Since Gracie has been relaying his desire to fight again, White hasn’t been shy about the fact he’s not a fan of the idea, even though he has a ton of respect for the fighter. Well, apparently Gracie spoke to White about his wish recently in Las Vegas, and on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour” he revealed the following (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“He was a gentleman,” said Gracie, who hasn’t competed since he was stopped by Matt Hughes at UFC 112. “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?”
Gracie says he begged White to let him have one more fight, despite the UFC President’s offer, and then made this proposal:
“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.”
So, is there any chance that White could change his stance? Possibly, as Gracie also said White apparently asked when he wants to fight, but it’s still pretty hard to imagine at this juncture.
If Gracie does compete again, he’ll do so at lightweight rather than welterweight. The BJJ black belt says he had breakfast and still weighed 168 pounds the day before he fought Hughes in 2010.
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