Martial arts legend Renzo Gracie recently expressed an interest in returning to active competition. The 46-year-old fighter appeared on an episode of The MMA Hour, where he stated that he’s ready to finish his six-fight contract with the UFC, and is training for a return sometime next year.
At a recent UFC 168 press conference, though, UFC boss Dana White revealed that he’s not so keen on the idea.
“I have to ask Renzo Gracie why,” White said. “Renzo, you’ve been around forever, you’ve accomplished so many things. You have the respect of the entire combat world in every country. I just don’t know why he wants to come back at his age and fight again.
“I mean, he lost badly to Matt Hughes, who was at the end of his career, too.”
The aforementioned bout with Hughes, a main card bout on the UFC 112 pay-per-view in Abu Dhabi, was Gracie’s last MMA fight and his only one in the UFC. Prior to that, he had picked up a trio of wins against a few other early pioneers of the sport in Pat Miletich, Carlos Newton, and Frank Shamrock.
Gracie is currently signed to a six-fight contract in the UFC, but has so far only fulfilled one of those bouts. He has not fought in over three years.