This past weekend at Metamoris 3, Eddie Bravo and Royler Gracie rematched in an epic 20 minute jiu-jitsu battle that caused a lot of media attention and hype. It was truly a beautiful grappling match that ultimately ended in a draw because it was a submission only match.
Although Royler landed some solid reversals and escapes, Eddie was clearly more aggressive and successful at attempting submissions. Many pundits said that if it was a point scored match, Bravo would have won handily.
After the match ended, Royler’s brother, the legendary Royce Gracie, confronted Eddie Bravo and threatened him. Bravo confirmed the confrontation on his own podcast, on Joe Rogan’s podcast, and with MMAFighting.
On Rogan’s podcast, Bravo also said that he believed Ralek Gracie, who put Metamoris 3 together, was also likely upset with him. Ralek has been quite about this accusation up until a recent interview on Darce Side Radio, where he said that he lost respect for Bravo as a man (Courtesy of MMAmania):
Aside from how he competed and showing up as a warrior and competing and presenting his jiu-jitsu in a cool way. This is where I started to lose respect for Eddie as a man, because he completely fabricated that. Now if he wants to assume that I was mad at him, that’s one thing. But to openly, publicly address and suggest that I am mad at him after an event like that, when I literally put everything in my life into making that event happen. For him to say ‘Ralek is mad at me,’ and suggest that in four different interviews publicly, in big interviews, in big publications. That’s all political. That’s a complete front. It’s really, really sad.
I just started thinking about it, and I realized he’s starting his own event and he wanted to basically, in some way, kind of discredit me as the owner of the event and give himself a reason to feel that he can now disconnect from me and just publicly put it out there where normally you wouldn’t do that. If you felt like somebody was mad at you, you wouldn’t have to do that. You wouldn’t have to say ‘oh I know this person is mad at me,’ or ‘I think they are mad at me’ as if it’s this important piece of information as far as the total scheme of things.
[Bravo] hasn’t responded. I texted him. He hasn’t responded since Sunday night. He hasn’t responded. He’s not reaching out to me saying ‘hey man Ralek, dude are you really mad at me? Is there something really happening?’ We have the relationship where he can do that. It’s a pretty weird thing to me. He didn’t need to do that…. Maybe he will hear this interview and his whole campaign will change, but at this point I feel like he’s on a campaign and he has a goal. That’s the way I see it because that’s just all I’ve been presented with. I could be completely wrong.
It will be interesting to see if Bravo responds to Ralek’s accusations or if this story will just continue to be a series of misunderstandings and accusations. FanSided will keep you informed if any new information is released.