At 51 years young, Renzo Gracie just fought and won against Yuki Kondo

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Did you know Renzo Gracie was fighting at ONE FC today? I didn’t know that and I follow Renzo on Twitter. However, the 51-year-old-Gracie did, in fact, take part in an MMA fight today. He took on another UFC and Pride veteran, 43-year-old, Yuki Kondo.

Renzo hasn’t fought since 2010 and it was in a fight against Matt Hughes where Gracie was mauled most of the fight. He lost via TKO and seemingly called it a career. That is, until today. Gracie dusted off his old fight shorts and stepped into the ONE FC cage with Yuki Kondo who has remained active in MMA since 1996. Most of Kondo’s fights have been in Pancrase events held in Japan, so he hasn’t been in the public eye as much. Despite being out of the spotlight, Renzo remains one of the more popular combat sports athletes.

Renzo fought like the younger of the two and ultimately choked Kondo out in the second round.

As they say, “He’s still got it!”

Will the real Slim Renzo please stand up? Please stand up.

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I’m Slim Shady, yes I’m the real Shady. All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating. So, won’t the real Slim Shady, please stand up. Please stand up. If it looks like a duck, talks like a duck, and walks like a duck; it must be a duck; Right? Wrong. Just because this dude looks … Read moreWill the real Slim Renzo please stand up? Please stand up.

When you’re Renzo Gracie and Jiu-Jitsu is life, you roll anywhere

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Renzo Gracie is always teaching. More often than not, it’s on the mat at one of his schools. This doesn’t stop him from showing techniques anywhere and at any time. Case in point; Renzo decides to give a lesson at a restaurant in the middle of dinner.

I guess it really is true that you never know when you will need Jiu-Jitsu, but damn. At least wait until after dessert and take it outside. Then again, when you are Renzo Gracie, you pretty much do whatever the hell you want.

Renzo Gracie and his student hit you with the feels

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Another Renzo Gracie student, another feel-good story. It’s no secret that Jiu-Jitsu saves lives. Many people evolve into fighters after taking falling in love with BJJ. The Gracies are either directly or indirectly responsible for the majority of these instances. Well, here’s another time that a Gracie had an effect on someone’s life.


Congrats on changing another person’s life again, Master Renzo.

Renzo Gracie as a garbage man, rocking out to ‘Eye of the Tiger’

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When you are a godfather of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you can do whatever the hell you want. Renzo Gracie decided that what he wants, is to sing ‘Eye of the Tiger’ while riding along to pick up 330 bags of trash. He also decided to not know most of the words, yet he sang … Read moreRenzo Gracie as a garbage man, rocking out to ‘Eye of the Tiger’

Enjoy this amazing Best of Pride FC video on their 20th anniversary

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Pride Never Die! For those of us who loved Pride FC, it will never truly die. The pageantry, the amazing talent pool, the circus matchmaking, it was all part of something very, very special. Pride went all in on production, and their shows looked a lot like professional wrestling, with the ramp, the huge screen, … Read moreEnjoy this amazing Best of Pride FC video on their 20th anniversary

The innovators, Rickson Gracie and Renzo Gracie, on UFC: Unfiltered.

The innovators of combat sports. Rickson and Renzo Gracie.

Icons, innovators, legends; Whatever you want to call them, that’s what these guys are. The first family of combat sports appeared on UFC: Unfiltered and of course were fascinating to listen to. Mixed martial artists who have been around since the ‘no holds barred’ days always seem to have a little more perspective on our … Read moreThe innovators, Rickson Gracie and Renzo Gracie, on UFC: Unfiltered.

A Look Back at BJ Penn’s 2015 Hall of Fame Speech

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BJ Penn 2015 UFC Hall of Fame Video

With the return of “The Prodigy” BJ Penn just a bit more than a week away, let’s take a look back at his amazing 2015 UFC Hall of Fame induction speech.  He’s long been considered one of the best ever, and his return is highly anticipated.

Penn’s illustrious career contains wins over the likes of Din Thomas, Caol Uno, Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie, Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian, Jens Pulver and the great Matt Hughes.   He is a former two division UFC Champion, having held the belts in both the Lightweight and Welterweight divisions.  BJ also holds the rare honor of being ranked the number 1 contender in two weight classes.  The list goes on and on when it comes to his amazing accomplishments.

Some people always said he did not do all he could with his amazing talent.  To that BJ responds in his speech, “I did more.  I achieved everything I ever wanted.”  It’s hard to argue with that.

Fellow UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes introduces Penn after a brief introduction with Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta.  It’s a reminder of why we all love BJ Penn and his sense of humor, spirit and undeniable drive to succeed.

 

WSOF NYC Recap

WSOF NYC Recap

The World Series of Fighting closed out the 2016 calendar for the mixed martial arts world with a huge 4-title fight event in New York City. The Theater at Madison Square Garden played host to a great afternoon of fights in front of a sold out crowd. MMA legends Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Randy “The … Read moreWSOF NYC Recap

WSOF NYC Live Play by Play

WSOF NYC Live Play by Play

**Updating in real time** NBC Main Card Justin Gaethje (c) (16-0) vs. Luiz Firmino (19-7) Lightweight Title Rd 1: Firmino comes steamrolling out with a front kick that misses and the two take it to the canvas. No action on the mat and ref stands them up. Firmino lands a right hook but does little damage. He throws … Read moreWSOF NYC Live Play by Play

WSOF NYC Open Workout and Press Conference Highlights

WSOF NYC Open Workout and Press Conference Highlights

It’s fight week once again in New York City as the World Series of Fighting comes to town for a huge New Year’s Eve show. Featuring 4 title fights and 11 bouts total, the WSOF NYC card (see below) is stacked with some of the promotion’s best talent. Yesterday a number of the fighters in … Read moreWSOF NYC Open Workout and Press Conference Highlights