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Royce Gracie Wants Rematch with Matt Hughes

Written on April 28, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The question whether Royce Gracie will have his retirement fight at UFC Rio or not is still up in the air, unanswered. Will audience be able to see the legendary UFC fighter inside the Octagon again?

As reported by Fighting Insider last week, Royce Gracie wants a retirement fight at . In fact, UFC’s legendary fighter was in attendance at yesterday’s UFC 129 pre-fight conference. He stood off to the side, waiting for a meeting, as addressed a group of reporters. When asked about the possibility of having Royce Gracie back inside the Octagon, the UFC President candidly replied:

“[Royce] thinks that his performance against wasn’t what not what it could have been, and thinks he can beat . He wants that fight again.”

In an interview with MMAJunkie last month, ’s manager – Mike Kogan – was positive about getting the UFC legend another fight. He even added that a negotiation with Lorenzo Fertita is in the works. However, Dana White refuted the idea in a subsequent interview with MMA Fighting. But it seems that the UFC President soften his stand a bit.

“Who am I to say? There’s times when I step in – for instance, like Chuck Liddell. And I say, ‘Chuck, I think you should retire.’ Do I think Royce Gracie (should fight again?) I don’t know. He didn’t look too damn good against Matt the first time.”

UFC Rio or will kick off on August 27 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The event is expected to feature a middleweight title match between and Yushin Okami.

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