Back in September UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie took to the media to chastise the younger generation of Gracies for their limited success in MMA and blaming them for straying from pure Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Roger Gracie wasn't shy about responding and now Royce's cousin Renzo, a fellow first-generation MMA star, has taken him to task as well.
MMA Fighting has the quotes from Renzo's Monday guest spot on Ariel Helwani's MMA Hour:
"In order to make a negative comment about the Gracie family, you have to help the Gracie family," Renzo told Ariel Helwani on Monday's The MMA Hour. "You have to actually be producing new champions, putting your time to build new champions. I don't remember Royce doing that.
"Each man chooses their path," he said. "How can I judge someone if I don't walk on their shoes? It's their comfort zones. Unfortunately, I cannot just sit and watch. Don't judge others with harsh word on situations that you didn't try to improve them. This is the portrait of life. People will claim that we forgot who we are, that we forgot jiu-jitsu. ... We didn't forget s--t, man. We are 100% what we are. We live, eat and breathe what we do.
"Come train them, and then you're going to be able to evaluate the reality. Sometimes people move away from reality and start dreaming, and they start living in the dreamland, judging others by their dreams or believing what people tell them."
It's interesting that Renzo shares Royce's opinion that the new generation of Gracies isn't quite living up to the legacy but he has a different, more realistic analysis of why that is.
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