Gregor is yet another family representative defending the Gracie name in the rings and cages. Known for the slick No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu skills he’s displayed in his appearances at events like the ADCC, Gregor notched his third MMA win this past October 2. Against Mariusz Linke at Brick City Fighting Championship in New Jersey, the black belt managed to sink a fight-ending rear-naked choke in just 2:13 minutes.
In a conversation with GRACIEMAG.com, the fighter comments on the challenge and says he’s ready to go after the best in his division. Check out what he had to say:
What are your thoughts on your last fight, was it what you expected?
I was really pleased! I thought it was perfect; I won without a scratch, couldn’t have been better! I trained a lot for this fight and I was real confident. I knew I’d do well.
Do you feel your ready to fight in a big promotion? Have you received any offers?
I’m still young and feel no pressure. I want to have a long career and I hope to do some fights before going on to a big event.
Everything in my game can improve; I want to be the best” Gregor
Your only loss came by way of striking. How do you feel standing and what are you doing to improve? What in your game do you feel needs to improve?
I’ve always trained standup and I feel comfortable striking. But I have to keep training to get even better. I feel everything in my game needs to improve; I want to be the best and I thus have to evolve in everything. A lot of Jiu-Jitsu fighters only prioritize striking and end up getting worse on the ground. So I feel it’s important to practice everything and never forget Jiu-Jitsu.
Who are your favorite fighters in your division (welterweight)?
Georges St.Pierre, Ricardo “Cachorrão” Almeida, Jake Shields, and Jon Fitch.
Do you intend to do more MMA now? Do you plan to continue competing at grappling events?
My priority now is MMA. It’s a different sport and you train for it differently. But any opportunity I get, I’ll compete in Jiu-Jitsu. I love training Jiu-Jitsu and competing is a pleasure.
Do you train a lot in the gi as well? How important is the gi to MMA training, in your opinion?
When I don’t have a fight coming up, I train in the gi every day. Training in the gi is a great pleasure to me. I feel the gi makes you more technical, and that can’t be bad for MMA. The better your Jiu-Jitsu, the better an MMA fighter you’ll be!