Renzo Gracie offers to fight in the UFC for free

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Renzo Gracie wants to get back inside the cage.

Three and a half years after his UFC debut, a third-round TKO loss to Matt Hughes at UFC 112, Gracie is willing to put the gloves on and pursue his first win inside the Octagon -- and it looks like he convinced Dana White to give him another opportunity.

Gracie and White met in Las Vegas last week, and the Brazilian was happy with the outcome of their conversation.

"He was a gentleman," Gracie told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s 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," he continued. "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).’"

Gracie wants to compete so bad that he even offered to get inside the cage for no money.

"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."

Gracie has defeated opponents from several weight divisions, including heavyweight, but he wants to fight for the first time in his "original" weight class.

"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."

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