Martial arts legend Renzo Gracie’s MMA career has lasted over two decades. Despite this, he’s not quite ready to call it quits, and would love to have at least one more outing in the UFC.
“Believe it, there’s nothing that I want to do more than to be back in the cage, to be back fighting,” he said in a recent interview on The MMA Hour. “I just love doing that. Life has been pushing me everywhere but in that direction, but now I’m getting so tired and frustrated with everything else that I’m going to just bury myself into a mat and train the whole day, and do what I love, which is training and fighting.”
Renzo added that he’s fairly certain he’ll fight again, he just needs to train for a few months first.
“For sure, I’ll be fighting again,” he said. “Man, I’ve just begun training again and I’m feeling good. I had a few problems in the family and now I got everything tuned up, everything is getting better. So I’m looking to be in top shape in three or four months from now, and from there I’ll set up a date.”
Gracie signed a six fight deal with the UFC way back in 2009, but so far, the promotion has only asked him to fulfill one of those matches. His sole UFC bout was a TKO loss to Hall of Famer and former welterweight champ Matt Hughes in 2010.
If Gracie does step into the octagon sometime in 2014, it will be his first fight in almost four years. He is currently 13-7, and holds victories over fighters such as Oleg Taktarov, Maurice Smith, Pat Miletich, Carlos Newton, and Frank Shamrock.