Royce Gracie wants one more crack at Matt Hughes

With the MMA community’s focus planted squarely on Brazil for the UFC’s historic return this weekend to the sport’s birthplace, one of the men who helped bring Mixed Martial Arts to mainstream attention is speaking out in hopes of possibly reeling in the one that got away at some point in the near future.

Royce Gracie, who opened the world’s eyes by winning three of the UFC’s first four tournaments, was recently interviewed by MMAFighting where he revealed his loss for former UFC welterweight champ Matt Hughes still haunts him.

“That’s the only one. I want to be able to show up to the fight. (Before), I didn’t show up,” said Gracie of a potential rematch.

While their bout at UFC 60 was far from competitive, Gracie explained he wasn’t fully on his game when they originally fought in 2006 though didn’t provide any great detail on why that was the case. However, if he is unable to procure a second shot at Hughes it won’t prevent the submission specialist from moving on with his life.

“If it happens, good. If it doesn’t happen, good.”

The 44-year old Gracie hasn’t fought in more than four years when he outpointed old rival Kazushi Sakuraba to score a controversial decision at “K-1 HERO’s Dynamite!! USA”. If he never steps into the cage again he will retire with a 14-2-3 record including twelve wins by way of tap-out.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

9 COMMENTS
  • Creature says:

    Im sorry Royce your a legend but there is no way you are beating matt hughes.. might as well let it go

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  • Frankmur says:

    That rematch would be good for a Fight Night, but I would not be interested in it as a main event on a Pay per view.

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  • Lethal Liquid says:

    I think Royce wants to die in the Octagon. Has his takedown defense improved over the past 5 years?

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  • Dufresne says:

    Even though Matt Hughes has gone 4-4 in his last eight, 2 of those losses were GSP and the other two were to BJ and Thiago Alves. Two hall of famers and a title contender? It’s not exactly like he’s been losing to nobodys.
    If Royce gets this fight he’s gonna get manhandled.

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  • Creature says:

    Manhandled again* lol

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    My hope is UFC does give him props at UFC in RIO. Doesn’t need a fight but, just a few clips of him in the beginning subbing everyone. Give him a big shout out out to the home crowd, let him stand and waive and have the crowd give him a big cheer. That way he gets his face on TV and he doesn’t have to get embarrassed.

    I agree with Dufresne in Hughes hasn’t been getting beat by nobodies and he is still capable of putting the boots to Royce. Again.

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  • Seriously? If they gave it to him one more time I think matt might actually break his arm this time.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Yeah I agree with Mad Hatter – If the UFC doesn’t acknowledge him on the Rio card it’s a travesty.

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  • Guthookd says:

    I hope they give it to him. Fuck it.

    :)

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