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Renzo Gracie Signs Six-Fight Deal With the UFC (UPDATE)



The interview is in Portuguese, so unless you speak the language you're going to need this quick translation by BloodyElbow readers, Orcus and ZephyrBrasil, highlighting the main points of the the interview:

-He says he signed for 6 fights

-When asked about his age, he said "age is in the eyes of the beholder, 42 is the new 30!"

-He insists that Matt Hughes will be his first opponent and the score will be 1-1 for Hughes vs Gracies

-He says this will be the first time he’ll fight at his true weight class.

-They said they aren’t supposed to say it but they say its gonna be Matt Hughes (its not 100% established at 1:53) because he wants to settle the score

-The rest are jokes about how this female reporter, who is the best one in Brazil for MMA, chased him down to get the info.

It is interesting that Renzo Gracie (13-6-1) also got a long term contract, which basically means that he will be with the UFC until he retires. Also, Renzo, who has been fighting at 185 for most of his MMA career, will likely be dropping down to join the UFC welterweight ranks.

When I spoke with Renzo a few weeks back, he mentioned that the UFC wanted him to fight Hughes for his second fight, and while it still isn't final now, these statements seem that they might skip that and go straight to Hughes vs Gracie (Sorry Matt Brown).

I guess the only thing we need to know is, When?

HT: Fighters Only (via Combate)

UPDATE: Here's a better translation from Tatame:

“It’s signed. They wanted three fights, but I said six. If I’m doing it, I’m doing for real (laughs)”, the Gracie said, revealing who might be his opponent. “It’s Matt Hughes, everybody knows. I believe it’s gonna be him. It’s not 100% yet, but I’ll collect some debts”, said, remembering Hughes’ victory against Royce Gracie, at 2006. “Let’s tie that score”

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