On Saturday night, Eddie Bravo and Royler Gracie went back-and-forth in a 20 minute match at Metamoris 3. The fight was a highly anticipated rematch of their 2003 ADCC meeting where Bravo submitted Gracie, but this time around the bout ended in a draw.
Despite the result, Bravo was the more impressive on the mat with his control and submission attempts and it appears to have upset UFC legend Royce Gracie.
According to reports, Royce Gracie confronted Bravo backstage after the bout came to an end.
From the Underground:
The Underground spoke to a person who wished to remain anonymous, but was back stage at the event. After exhausting himself for the 20-minute match, Bravo left the stage and proceeded to throw up as his adrenaline dumped. It was then that UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie approached Bravo and began to berate him.
Allegedly, Gracie threatened to kick Bravo’s ass because he believed that Bravo disrespected his brother Royler, his family, and his father Helio. Bravo was apparently caught off guard by the attack, and friend and trainer Jean Jacques Machado intervened to keep the situation from escalating.
The good news is that it sounds like no punches were ever thrown and there was never any physical confrontation, so things could have been much worse.
It is unfortunate that something like this happened at the end of a great match, but at least it didn’t happen with the cameras rolling and take away from what was otherwise an excellent night for jiu jitsu.