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For Renzo Gracie, Age is No Handicap and He Just Wants to Fight


Renzo Gracie recently raised a few eyebrows when he revealed that he wanted to return to active competition. The 46-year-old fighter stated that he was currently training for a planned return to the UFC in 2014, where he hopes to finish out his running contract.

UFC president Dana White replied to this idea during a recent press tour with skepticism.

“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.”

Gracie has now replied to this comment, explaining why he wants to make a return to fighting this late in his career.

“For having nothing to prove nor nothing to gain,” he told MMAFighting.com. “To fight for what it is without reason, without greed, just for the passion to step once again in the arena and be an inspiration for a future generation of great fighters. To prove that age is only a handicap for the soft ones, and above all, because I love it.

“Last time I checked I didn’t have wrinkles, not even on my nut sack.”

Gracie has not fought since his loss to Matt Hughes at UFC 112 in 2010, his first and only UFC fight. He currently holds a 13-7-1-1 record, and has been fighting since 1992.