Renzo Gracie really wants one last fight, and after a meeting with UFC president Dana White, it looks like he’ll get it.
White was reportedly so worried about Gracie’s health that he offered to pay him not to return to active competition.
“He was a gentleman,” Gracie told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “He made me an offer I almost couldn’t refuse. He offered me a check to not fight and I almost couldn’t refuse. ‘Renzo, I like you so much I would hate if you get hurt.’ Getting hurt is part of our business, you know?”
“His offer was almost as good as mine. Mine, he couldn’t refuse. His, I could refuse. I said, ‘Please, don’t do that to me. Let me get there one more time,’ and he laughed. He told me, ‘Tell me when (you want to fight).’”
Renzo wanted in so badly that he even offered to fight for free, although obviously that’s not an offer Dana White could take.
“I offered to fight for free, and he laughed,” Gracie said. “‘I could never have you fight for free. Not you,’ (White responded). It’s not money I need, and he said, ‘I know.’ I want to do something without the need to do that. I think that way a man fights better.”
In his return, Gracie plans to return to lightweight. He last fought over three years ago at welterweight, losing to Matt Hughes.
“I will probably go to 155 (pounds),” he said. “I’m going to lose several pounds to do that but I believe I can. When I fought Matt Hughes, I actually had breakfast and was at 168 pounds at the weight-ins. I wanna (fight) at my weight division. My whole career, I’ve never fought in my weight division. I always fought bigger guys. This time, I wanna see how my skills will do against guys at my size.”