Royce Gracie in Negotiations to Fight in August at UFC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

UFC legend Royce Gracie is negotiating a fight for the UFC’s first return to Brazil since the 1990s in August. The Hall of Famer hasn’t fought in the Octagon since losing to Matt Hughes at UFC 60 in what was then the biggest pay per view in company history. Gracie was the first star of the UFC, winning the 8 man tournaments at UFC 1 and UFC 4 and the 16 man tourny at UFC 2.

Royce, speaking via UOL Esportes, said:

“It would be the perfect place to do my last fight. I never fought in Rio de Janeiro and I couldn’t be more psyched. We are negotiating [the fight deal], but we should have it finalized in two weeks. We only had an initial contact and I don’t even have an opponent yet, but we should have that finalized soon” said the 44 year old Gracie.

“My weight is the same as it was twenty years ago [80kg], I am still training, keeping the blade sharp. I follow a very strict diet. I never drank, never party, Carnaval, none of that… I’m ready to fight”

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