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Royce Gracie: UK Fighters are MMA’s Noobs

Written on June 16, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Royce Gracie advised the fighters of UK that they should focus on learning a single style first, then master it before attempting to learn new MMA stunts.

UFC Ultimate, Royce Gracie, gave a reminder to British fighters that it is better to hone their skills in one style first before practicing some advanced mixed martial arts styles. Gracie believes that being a great MMA fighter cannot be achieved over night. One has to be patient because it takes time before British artists can adapt Jiu-Jitsu skills at the very highest level.

As the Hall of Famer and the first UFC champion, Royce Gracie has been very supportive to the newbies of MMA. He told The Telegraph that aspiring fighters of UK must master a skill one at a time, and they have to focus on pursuing their goal of being a skilled Mixed Martial Artists.

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Diego Sanchez vs Matt Hughes, Tapped for UFC Fall Event

Written on April 29, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Sorry, Royce Gracie. But Matt Hughes is in line to face Diego Sanchez for a to-be-announced UFC fall event.

Last Thursday, UFC officials announced that Diego Sanchez and Matt Hughes will have a welterweight clash for a to-be-announced UFC fall event.

Diego Sanchez latest fight was a unanimous decision win over Martim Kampmann at UFC on Versus 3 last March. On the other hand, Matt Hughes has been idle in MMA active competition since November 2010. That was after he suffered a 21-second knockout from BJ Penn.

The upcoming UFC fall event has no date or location yet. However, this match-up only proves that Royce Gracie will nit have his rematch against Matt Hughes at UFC Rio.

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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 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:

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

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Dana White Refutes Royce Gracie’s Return at UFC Rio

Written on April 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC president, Dana White, has indicated that the promotion has no interest in offering Royce Gracie a fight for its upcoming August event in Rio de Janeiro.

UFC president, Dana White, refutes previous reports that the promotion is offering Brazilian pioneer – Royce Gracie – a fight at the UFC Rio.

Considered as MMA’s early classical figure, Royce Gracie has not fought since May 2006. During his last fight, he suffered a TKO from former UFC welterweight champion, Matt Hughes. While Royce Gracie would like to have another chance to close his career with style, it seems unlikely for the MMA legend to see the Octagon at UFC 134.

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Royce Gracie, Possible to Fight at UFC: Rio

Written on January 24, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Yes, Royce Gracie is a retired MMA fighter. But seeing him again inside the Octagon can be another historical event for UFC.

Last weekend, UFC President, Dana White, held a Q&A session during the UFC: Fight for Troops weight-in. Dana White talked about the odds of seeing Royce Gracie’s return in the Octagon for the UFC’s summer event in Rio.

“We’re actually doing a fight in Brazil on Aug. 29. It’s our first time ever going to Rio de Janeiro. We went down there to do a big press conference. [Gracie] came with us and was part of the press conference. He’s still very close to the UFC, and we talk to him all the time. He still wants to fight one more time. He’s retired right now. He’s a good guy, though. We look at him as the father of this whole thing. We’ve got nothing but respect for him, and he’s still very much involved with us.”

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MMA Legacy: Royce Gracie

Written on January 02, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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What used to be an eight-man single elimination tournament became the world's biggest MMA event to date. Thanks to UFC's loyal supporters and one of its many pioneer fighters -- Royce Gracie.

Before names like BJ Penn, Fedor Emelianenko, Randy Couture, Anderson Silva and George St-Pierre came into the MMA scene, there was one man who tops them all — Royce Gracie. He is a notable name in the history of Mixed Martial Arts, as he brought the popularity of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at its peak and winning the first ever UFC event.

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