The Gracie family has not been very successful in MMA over the last few years. Earlier this year, Roger Gracie was cut from the UFC after a dismal performance against Tim Kennedy. Royce Gracie, the original UFC 1 champion and Hall-of-famer, stated back in September that the reason for the recent failures can be attributed to the fighters straying from pure Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
Roger Gracie was quick to defend himself, stating that his focus was on jiu-jitsu in the Tim Kennedy bout. Royce’s cousin, Renzo Gracie was recently on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour and shared his thoughts on Royce’s comments:
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In order to make a negative comment about the Gracie family, you have to help the Gracie family,” Renzo told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s The MMA Hour. “You have to actually be producing new champions, putting your time to build new champions. I don’t remember Royce doing that.
Each man chooses their path,” he said. “How can I judge someone if I don’t walk on their shoes? It’s their comfort zones. Unfortunately, I cannot just sit and watch. Don’t judge others with harsh word on situations that you didn’t try to improve them. This is the portrait of life. People will claim that we forgot who we are, that we forgot jiu-jitsu. … We didn’t forget s–t, man. We are 100% what we are. We live, eat and breathe what we do.
Come train them, and then you’re going to be able to evaluate the reality. Sometimes people move away from reality and start dreaming, and they start living in the dreamland, judging others by their dreams or believing what people tell them.
Could Royce take Renzo’s words to heart and begin training and helping future generations of Gracie fighters? Is it simply a matter of MMA evolving, and Royce not understanding? Either way Renzo’s take on the situation is very interesting.