In addition to the headliner between Andrei Arlovsk and Mike Kyle, one of the promotional targets for WSOF 5, was the fact the September 14th card featured three Gracies competing. Although Neiman Gracie won his MMA debut, by tapping out Darren Costa, both Gregor Gracie and Rolles Gracie were defeated. While Gregor battled Richard Patischnock to a UD loss, Rolles was brutally KO’d by Derrick Mehmen, the highlights of which continue to light up the internet.
One of the family greats,Royce Gracie, recently spoke to MMA Fighting.com about some of his family member’s recent performances. By the sounds of it, the legend believes certain Gracie fighters are moving away from the martial art his family made famous, when they shouldn’t be.
“Jiu-jitsu is enough,” said Gracie. “I’ve trained boxing in the past to learn the distance, trained wrestling to understand how he would take me down, but I won’t get there to fight my opponent’s game. The (new) guys (from the Gracie) family want to complement their game, like if jiu-jitsu was incomplete. I guess they forgot a little about history.”
“I do jiu-jitsu my whole life, so why would I try to stand and bang with Mike Tyson?,” he said. “I’m going to learn boxing in six months because my opponent is good in boxing? That makes no sense.”
The 46 year-old Brazilian and former UFC winner, did credit Roger Gracie, but also believes the UFC vet needs to get back to his jiu-jitsu roots. Roger Gracie was recently let go by the UFC, after he lost by UD to Tim Kennedy at UFC 162, who Royce praised as being “really, really, tough”.
It’s an interesting perspective to take, and likely a polarizing one throughout the MMA community. If you missed it, Rickson Gracie’s son Kron is hoping to make his MMA debut next year.
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