Royce Gracie turned more than a few heads recently, when he criticized the new generation of Gracie fighters for getting away from their jiu-jitsu base. According to Royce “jiu-jitsu is enough”, and that by attempting to round out their games too much, his relatives are acting like the art is “incomplete. I guess they forgot a little about history.”
Well, not long after, Renzo Gracie made it be known that he wasn’t down with what Royce said, and now Rolles Gracie has weighed in. While speaking to Fighters Only Magazine recently, here’s what the UFC and WSOF vet had to say about Royce’s statements:
“I think he’s not in our shoes, when he started it was a completely different sport. If you don’t cross-train these days you are dead, you are not going to go anywhere. So I highly disagree with him,” said Rolles.
“He should come here and train with us a little bit, see how hard we work. It was a little disappointing to hear that from him. I always liked training other things anyway, I did a little boxing in Brazil at 15 or 16. And then judo, wrestling, whatever. I like it all.”
Rolles also relayed in the interview that he’s still “interested in MMA” but that he doesn’t have a fight booked. The 35 year-old fighter is coming off a knockout loss to Derrick Mehem at WSOF 5 in September.
The heavyweight, who has been training alongside Chris Weidman at Renzo’s gym in NY, believes the middleweight champ will defeat Anderson Silva again.