Renzo Gracie to plan UFC return in 'three to four months'

Copyright: Martin McNeil

Sounds like this old dog still has some new tricks.

Retirement? What retirement?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) legend and mixed martial arts (MMA) pioneer Renzo Gracie, who turned 46 years-old back in March, isn't ready to tie a ribbon around his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) career just yet. And by his not-so-conservative timeline, he's looking to book a return date in "three to four months."

From his conversation on The MMA Hour:

"Believe it, there's nothing that I want to do more than to be back in the cage, to be back fighting. I just love doing that. Life has been pushing me everywhere but in that direction, but now I'm getting so tired and frustrated with everything else that I'm going to just bury myself into a mat and train the whole day, and do what I love, which is training and fighting. For sure, I'll be fighting again... Man, I've just begun training again and I'm feeling good. I had a few problems in the family and now I got everything tuned up, everything is getting better. So I'm looking to be in top shape in three or four months from now, and from there I'll set up a date."

By comparison, Randy Couture was 47 when he fought Lyoto Machida at UFC 129.

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 back in April 2010 (raccoon eyes don't count). 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.

If and when he does come back, who do you think is a suitable opponent?


X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker