Royce Gracie Wants Rematch with Matt Hughes
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 UFC Rio. 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 Dana White addressed a group of reporters. When asked about the possibility of having Royce Gracie back inside the Octagon, the UFC President candidly replied:
In an interview with MMAJunkie last month, Royce Gracie’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.
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“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.”