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UFC Rio: Could the promotion's return to Brazil also prompt the return of Royce Gracie?


During yesterday's (Dec. 15) UFC press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the man who won the first two editions of the famed tournament, Royce Gracie, hinted that he may not be retired just yet and if necessary, is ready to fight.

"I'm still thinking (on fighting in Rio). But I'm always training," he said laughing. "This return of UFC to Brazil touched me, made me feel the wish of coming back to the Octagon. Everything has being negotiated with Dana White. Let's wait and see."

Royce wrote his name in the MMA history books by finishing taller, stronger and heavier opponents using the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) taught by his father and mentor Helio Gracie.

He won three out of four editions before continuing his career in Japan.

The Gracie family was fundamental to solidify the mixed martial arts. In the old days, members of the Gracie clan challenged athletes from other martial arts to prove the efficiency and superiority of their BJJ.

Rorion Gracie founded the Ultimate Fighting Championship but the organization turned out greater after Zuffa purchased the struggling promotion and currently holds events in seven countries outside the United States.

Another Gracie, Renzo, is under contract and could also appear on Aug 27 fight card. Despite both legends being over forty (Royce is 44 and Renzo is 43), they still have appeal and respect from the fans and the UFC will make every effort to put on an attractive show for the South American fans.

For more on the UFC "Rio" announcement click here.

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