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Old 08-10-2006, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Royce Gracie Wants A Rematch With Matt Hughes

Mixed martial arts legend and pioneer Royce Gracie came to the Capital Jiu-Jitsu Club in Arlington, Virginia near Washington DC yesterday in order to conduct a seminar as part of his Royce Gracie seminar network. He kindly gave us some insight into the skills that placed Gracie Jiu-Jitsu on the map and also granted us some time to conduct a brief interview.

MMAWeekly: So, Royce, what brings you to Capital Jiu-Jitsu?

Royce Gracie: The club is part of the Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network, and I am here to conduct a seminar. I normally spend six months of the year conducting seminars and have just returned from running seminars in England. I usually run two seminars here a year, but the club is also used to seeing Rodrigo.

MMAWeekly: Regarding Rodrigo, what are your thoughts on his loss [to Shungo Oyama] and the loss of Crosley [to Melvin Manhoef] this past weekend?

Royce Gracie: It is difficult. They are back now, and we have talked about it, but unless you get in and fight, you never know what will happen.

MMAWeekly: Whilst being undeniable pioneers, do you feel that the sport of MMA is evolving out of the reach of the Gracies?

Royce Gracie: No. We are the leaders. We started this. There are a lot of fighters coming up who will continue the Gracie name.

MMAWeekly: At nearly 40 years of age, how long do you feel you want to compete in MMA?

Royce Gracie: I will still compete. I just want to see my family grow and look after my children.

MMAWeekly: Are you under contract to K-1 or the UFC? Do you have any fights lined up?

Royce Gracie: I have a contract with K-1, and I am due to fight on the K-1 New Year's Eve show in Japan.

MMAWeekly: Do you have an opponent?

Royce Gracie: No.

MMAWeekly: Anyone you want to fight?

Royce Gracie: Been there, done that. I will fight anybody as long as they are not a loser.

MMAWeekly: Do you want a rematch with Matt Hughes?

Royce Gracie: Of course

MMAWeekly: Are you in negotiations with the UFC to make this fight happen?

Royce Gracie: We are talking to them. We shall see.

MMAWeekly: Touching on Hughes, did you learn anything from the fight? Did he surprise you?

Royce Gracie: No, we knew what he was planning to do. We worked out his gameplan before the fight, and he did exactly what we expected. I over-trained for the fight. That was all. I started training too much, too hard, for too long. He did exactly what we expected.

MMAWeekly: With the training for the fight, who did you work with for stand-up?

Royce Gracie: Fairtex.

MMAWeekly: Did you adjust your training specifically for Hughes? Did you bring in any wrestlers to roll with?

Royce Gracie: No, we only trained with Fairtex outside of our team.

MMAWeekly: Did you not feel that training with a strong wrestling camp would have benefited you?

Royce Gracie: No.

MMAWeekly: What would you do differently?

Royce Gracie: Not over-train.

MMAWeekly: Final couple of questions, as I know you have to leave shortly. Can you tell me how you train during the year? Is it full MMA, or mainly Gracie Jiu-Jitsu unless you have a fight lined up?

Royce Gracie: I train MMA always; always striking; always GJJ.

MMAWeekly: Even when running seminars, you still find time to train MMA?

Royce Gracie: Yes.

MMAWeekly: Finally, you are running seminars in the US at the moment. When are you next planning to return to Europe?

Royce Gracie: In February, I shall be in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Italy. We will be looking at adding more places to the list, but for more details, keep looking at the website www.roycegracie.tv

MMAWeekly: Thank you for your time, Royce, and we look forward to seeing you fight at the end of the year.

Royce Gracie: You're welcome. Thank you.
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Old 08-10-2006, 11:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Royce Gracie lost to Matt Hughes because he overtrained? I thought Ken Shamrock was all about making excuses? Matt gave Royce a beating, plain and simple.
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Royce Gracie lost to Matt Hughes because he overtrained? I thought Ken Shamrock was all about making excuses? Matt gave Royce a beating, plain and simple.
Yeah, thats the problem with all the Gracies'. They think that they are still better than everyone just because they started it. LoL, he over-trained alright.
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Ya i honestly dont think they'res going to be a fighter to beat hughes.

Hughes is just to well rounded and does nothing but get better.
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Ya i honestly dont think they'res going to be a fighter to beat hughes.

Hughes is just to well rounded and does nothing but get better.
Well, the one that has the best chance at beating him, is fighting him next month...
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Seriously, how does Gracie expect to beat Hughes if he does not learn new techiniques? How can he not see that this sport had evolved?
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Well, the one that has the best chance at beating him, is fighting him next month...
Agreed! Hughes isn't invincible, it just seems that way.

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He Never Had A Chance In That Fight, And Hes So Stubborn He Wont Even Roll With Any Wrestlers Thats Just Stupid..its Simple If Ur Fighting A Guy Thats 6' 6, You Spar With A Guy Whos 6'6..the Gracies All Feel There Is Only One Way To Fight And Thats The Gracie Way..and Thats Gonna Be The Down Fall Of His Legacy..pride...too Much Pride, Hughes Is Gonna Mash Him Again
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Royce is too old now. He can never beat Hughes. UFC is not the same thing since he left in 1995 plain and simple. 10 out of 10 times Hughes will beat Royce easily in a round.
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I hope they don't fight, that would suck. He overtrained?
Weak ass excuse.

MMAWeekly: Whilst being undeniable pioneers, do you feel that the sport of MMA is evolving out of the reach of the Gracies?

Royce Gracie: No. We are the leaders. We started this. There are a lot of fighters coming up who will continue the Gracie name.

Yes, it is out of their reach, IMO.
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