Great lessons from Royce in can’t-miss interview

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Mario Filho training with Royce / Photo: personal archive

Royce Gracie was featured in the latest episode of Brazil’s “Sensei Sportv” television program. Interviewed by black belt and reporter Mario Filho, the Gracie addressed retirement, his desire to have one last battle, Matt Hughes, Renzo, the new Gracies coming up the ranks, and he opened up about what a Royce Gracie fight purse is like.

From so many impactful statements, one can derive valuable lessons from a man who has represented Jiu-Jitsu for decades and made the style recognized worldwide. To watch the full program (in Portuguese), click here.

Here are a few excerpts from the show:

“I only listen to my coaches, who I want to listen to. The others don’t matter to me.”

“I may still fight, I just don’t know when.”

“It’s about time for me to stop and I have my sights on one opponent.”

“It would be great to fight at home, in Brazil, where it all began.”

“Matt Hughes in the octagon in Rio would be ideal. He’s the one I’m after.”

“In that fight with him I’d gone overboard in training. Dad told me: “That’s a mistake.”

“If I could, I’d only eat fruit.”

“I’ve been doing Jiu-Jitsu for 44 years. I always kept my mind open to other styles but just to know what I may be up against. I’m not going to learn wrestling to try and take down Matt Hughes.”

“Renzo is really valiant and has what it takes to face him again. Renzo’s said before: ‘When one falls, we already have another at the top in the running.’ There are a lot of Gracies coming up.”

“There’s no time or place for Renzo. He’ll fight MMA one week and compete at the ADCC the next. He’s done that before.”

“MMA? You practice a martial art. Nogueira’s done Jiu-Jitsu his whole life, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t complement that with boxing. Now if I go and train MMA, what does that mean? Training MMA is Kimbo Slice. Can he stand and bang with a boxer? No. Can he put up a good fight on the ground? No. He’s a tough guy, but he’s not good. MMA isn’t a martial art. You have to have somewhere you come from, you have to know an art.”

“Dana White knows what I’m worth; he knows what I bring to the table. Yes, my fight purse has seven digits!”

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  1. Mapleaddict16 at 1:15 am

    Honestly Kimbo can easily destroy Royce Gracie. Kimbo was an extremly good boxer, watch his fight. He also had decent TDD, enough to block a JiuJitsu guy like Royce. Slice vs Gracie, rio, WHO WANTS TO SEE THIS?

    • William at 6:49 am

      I’m pretty sure Royce’s point was not that he could beat Kimbo. Kimbo out weighs Royce by at least 60 pounds. In the UFC that is a 3 weight class difference, welter(royce), middle, lightheavy, Heavy(Kimbo). What Royce is saying, is that you have to specialize in something, or excel in a given martial art. Kimbo can box a little, sure. But, he would be destroyed by any high level professional heavyweight boxer. And, how is his Jiu Jitsu, or his wrestling or muay thai? Exactly. There is a reason why someone like that can not compete at the top of the heavyweight division. I like Kimbo, but come on. Royce’s point is that the best MMA fighters always have a base, or one discipline that they are exceptional at, and have refined over many many years.

  2. HA-Y-N Style at 6:17 am

    @Mapleaddict16 you must be joking, Royce would flying armbar Slice from across the octagon.

    In regards to a rematch with Royce and Hughes, I would love to see that take place in Rio! I think i speak for the fans on that one too.

  3. TopRamen at 2:32 am

    Sorry Royce but no one wants to see a 44 year old one dimensional fighter get manhandled again. Or watch you struggle against a punch drunk fighter even though you were all jacked up on nandrolone.

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