Gracie’s manager optimistic that Royce will be a part of UFC in Rio De Janeiro

The manager of MMA veteran, Royce Gracie has revealed he’s lining up on the UFC Rio card on August 28th after negotiations took another step forward with the Las Vegas based promotion earlier this month.

Mike Kogan, Gracie’s manager speaking via, said:

“I think we’re going to make a deal. We have plenty of time, so there’s really no problems. It’s just a matter of getting it nailed down. I think it will create a lot of interest and a lot of shit-talking. But that happens with everything Royce has done.”

“Bottom line is this: Gracie came back and fought in the United States at UFC 60 for the first time since 1995, and he drew 650,000 pay-per-view [buys] – at the time the highest number. That’s all I care about. You have your keyboard warriors; you have your white belts and blue belts who know everything that nobody else knows. They want to talk shit.”

“It’s part of being a star. We accept that, and we’re very happy with it. There’s no bad fan. Any fan is a good fan, so long as you can draw emotion out of them. And as long as they buy a ticket or buy a pay-per-view, I don’t care what their intentions are, as far as the outcome of the fight is concerned.”

“As of right now, we don’t have a deal in place. The UFC might yank this fight altogether and be like, ‘On second thought, we don’t want to do it.’ This is not a done deal. We’re interested in fighting; we have talked about it a lot. Most of the basic terms are agreed upon. But we haven’t signed.”

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