Royce Gracie, who hasn’t competed under grappling rules since a submission loss to Wallid Ismail in 1998, told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he wouldn’t put the gi on to face Bravo in a grappling match, but doesn’t rule out competing against him in a MMA bout.
"I haven’t got any offers, but I don’t compete in grappling rules," Gracie said of facing Bravo at a Metamoris event. "I’m a MMA fighter, man. I’m a MMA fighter, all the way."
"I’m pretty much done fighting," he added. "With Eddie Bravo, it’s personal. … (Does Metamoris) allow punches to the face? Do this rubber guard stuff and I’ll punch you in the nose."
Royce Gracie’s history with Bravo has nothing to do with his win over Royler Gracie or his grappling style, which goes against everything that the Gracie family has taught for decades.
"You’re gonna send your kids to learn from a guy that tells everybody that it’s okay to do drugs? It’s ok to drink alcohol? Sorry, man," Gracie explained. "If you wanna do it in private, do it in private. I have no problem with that. But I can never send my kid to someone that praises alcohol and drugs. Is that what you want your kids to learn? It’s okay to smoke pot? ‘Oh, pot is not a drug.’ So walk into a police station with a pound of pot and tell the cops it’s not a drug. Come on."
According to the UFC Hall of Famer and Bellator ambassador, Bravo’s lifestyle works against martial arts.
"People that don’t know and hear about it, they start to think that all the people that do jiu-jitsu smokes pot, is a drug addict," Gracie said. "Here I am fighting for something good, and the guy is fighting for something bad, in my point of view. I can’t agree with that, what he represents. Nothing to do with his jiu-jitsu, his school. If you want to do something like that, do it in private. Keep it to yourself."
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