As Renzo Gracie prepares to fight Matt Hughes on Saturday at UFC 112, he says he's going to use the skill that his family is famous for around the world -- Brazilian jiu jitsu -- to win the fight.
Gracie, who is a grandson of Carlos Gracie and a grandnephew of Helio Gracie, said in a chat with MMAFighting.com readers that he believes his superior Brazilian jiu jitsu skills will more than make up for Hughes' excellent wrestling.
"Better jiu jitsu is what will make the difference in this fight -- I can grapple better than he can," Gracie said. "He's extremely strong as a wrestler. He's a powerful guy, definitely. He has unbelievable endurance. The only thing he's lacking, though, is jiu jitsu. That's what I can capitalize on."
But while Gracie is confident that his jiu jitsu will earn him the victory, that doesn't mean he's overconfident. When asked who he believes his toughest opponent is, Gracie said it's the opponent he'll see across the Octagon from him on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
"Always the next one," Gracie said. "So right now, I think my toughest opponent is Matt Hughes."
Gracie is looking for a measure of revenge on behalf of the Gracie family after his cousin, the first UFC champion Royce Gracie, was defeated by Hughes at UFC 60 four years ago. But he said that he doesn't have any problem with anything Hughes has said about his wrestling being superior to Gracie jiu jitsu, noting that Hughes earned the right to say that when he won the fight.
"No. I don't think so," Gracie said when asked if Hughes disrespected his family. "I just think the person who wins has the right to say what he wants and the person who loses has to shut up. So my family came up on the short end last time but I'm looking forward to getting everything back."