Considering Renzo Gracie hasn’t fought since 2010 and is 46 years-old, most fans likely had already closed the book on the legend’s fighting career. More recently, however, Gracie has repeatedly said he wants to fight again and do so under the UFC banner.
So what does Dana White think of Gracie’s aspirations for another bout in the Ocatgon? Which would mark just his second fight since 2007 and his first since he was stopped by Matt Hughes at UFC 112? When asked about the prospect this past weekend in Rio de Janeiro, the UFC President responded (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I have to ask Renzo Gracie why,” White said. “Renzo, you’ve been around forever, you’ve accomplished so many things. You have the respect of the entire combat world in every country. I just don’t know why he wants to come back at his age and fight again.”
“I mean,” White added, “he lost badly to Matt Hughes, who was at the end of his career too.”
While there wasn’t an outright ‘no’ in there, it certainly doesn’t sound like White’s on board with the idea. Prior to facing Hughes in 2010, Gracie defeated Frank Shamrock by disqualification at Elite XC’s “Destiny”, due to an illegal knee from the latter. The win followed victories Gracie scored over Carlos Newton and Pat Miletich, while fighting for the International Fight League.
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