On December 6, 2010 Royce Gracie joined brothers Pedro, Gui, and Joaquim Valente in Miami, Florida at Valente Brothers Headquarters for the Valente Brothers’ annual winter belt ceremony.
Professor Pedro Valente opened the ceremony by paying homage to his teacher Grandmaster Helio Gracie. He then acknowledged Royce Gracie for his courage in stepping into the octagon in the original Ultimate Fighting Championships, which led to the popularization of jiu-jitsu all over the world.
The world of mixed martial arts became abuzz the day the UFC announced the fight between boxing heavyweight champion James Toney and UFC Legend Randy Couture. The bout sparked debate across the internet.
Who would win between boxing and MMA?
James Toney felt confident that his hands would be enough to answer that question.
“I’m here to prove a point so people know that boxing is still running supreme over any discipline out there,” he said, prior to the bout.
It would not be inaccurate to state that the genesis of all mixed martial arts in the United States, comes from one place primarily, and that is Brazil. The roots of it go all the way back to the 1920's, as Carlos Gracie was studying jiu-jitsu, in his native country, under one of the renowned masters of the art, Mitsuyo Maeda. The entire Gracie family fell in love with jiu-jitsu, but it was Carlos' brother Helio who created a variation of it, and by necessity, as he suffered from dizzy spells and had to gear it to his own physical limitations. He did so by emphasizing ground work, submissions and choke holds, and thus what became known as "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu" was born.
Helio built a reputation, and a clientele, by promoting himself through challenge matches, many of which came against competitors who practiced a different form of martial arts. Just about anything was allowed, including punches and kicks, and for this reason the nature of the competition took on the name of "vale tudo," which is Portuguese for "anything goes."
Part 2 of the interview by SporTV on the legendary Royce Gracie. Royce talks about his fight against Sakuraba. He also comments his fight against Kimo, his loss to Yoshida and more.
Royce Gracie was featured in BJJ Legends Magazine (with DVD), Issue 1 in which he gives an interview and provide exclusive Gracie jiujitsu techniques.Subscriptions to Brazilian JiuJitsu Legends Magazine are available here.
Royce Gracie Interview - PT 2Parte 2 da entrevista pelo SporTV no lendário Royce Gracie. Royce fala sobre sua luta contra Sakuraba. Ele também comenta sua luta contra Kimo, sua perda de Yoshida e muito mais.[/div]
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