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Like Aaliyah once said: Age ain't nothing but a number.
That's good news for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) legend and mixed martial arts (MMA) pioneer Renzo Gracie, who's itching to get back inside the cage now that he's training full time in order to help his students and family prepare for their upcoming bouts.
Next stop, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)?
Gracie said a return to the Octagon at the UFC 153: "Aldo vs. Koch" pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for October 13, 2012 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a "possibility," but if not, expect to see him on a future card in his native land.
Hear those comments and more (via MMA Weekly) after the jump.
"I'm really looking forward to being back in there real soon. I'm going to drop a little bit of weight and I'll be in there for sure. I love the crowd there. I love the intensity that surrounds the whole arena when you're in Brazil fighting and Brazil is cheering. It's a different ball game. If I have an opportunity, I'll be there. If it's not on this next one, believe it's going to be on a future one."
Gracie (13-7) hasn't competed since a ghastly technical knockout (TKO) loss to UFC Hall-of-Famer Matt Hughes at the UFC 112 event in April 2010. Prior to that, the BJJ black belt won three consecutive fights dating back to his tenure in the International Fight League (IFL) in late 2006.
Anyone think the 45-year-old submission specialist still has the goods for a feature fight? And who would you match him up with if he did indeed return later this year?