Good news Gracie fans - Royce has made it out of the first round. After an upset loss to Mirko Cro Cop in the MMA GOAT tournament, UFC OG Royce Gracie had more success in this tournament. He took out fellow pioneer Oleg Taktarov with little trouble, winning by a colossal score of 44-4. Up next, Royce tries to gain vengeance against #7 seed Matt Hughes.
Today, the tournament's overall #1 seed Shinya Aoki finally steps into action. He will bring his magical pants in to the cage to face #8 seed Jake Shields. Shields is fresh off a UFC 171 loss to Hector Lombard. Can he turn his fortunes around here and get by Aoki?
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