Following a nearly two year layoff, light-heavyweight Roger Gracie of the famed Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu clan is ready to return to MMA.
While he may not have been actively competing, Gracie used his time to work on his craft and become the best fighter he could become.
“I took a break from professional competition, but I never stopped training,” Gracie told MMAWeekly.com. “BJJ and martial arts is life. I just continued to hone my skills and do what I love doing. That’s just me. That’s how I live my life. Without this sport, life is less colorful.
“As martial artists, we need to be our best versions, not just in the cage or in a competition, but in life as well. Just continue to work hard all the time and give it your all. Have a positive outlook in life. This is the secret to success.”
In his last MMA bout, in 2014 against James McSweeney for ONE Championship, Gracie managed to get his first TKO victory and rebound off a loss in his lone UFC appearance the year prior.
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“MMA is an amazing thing because there are so many ways fights can end,” Gracie said. “As much as I love BJJ, getting that TKO win was exhilarating and definitely one of my favorite moments of all time.”
In his second bout for ONE, Gracie (7-2) will take on Michal Pasternak (11-0) for the promotion’s vacant 205-pound championship on Friday in Kallang, Singapore, in the show’s co-main event.
“He’s unbeaten, which makes him a very credible opponent,” said ….View full article