Sunday, February 7, 2010
Follow Up: The Great Gracie Hope He Ain't.
My last entry here was more of a light-hearted commentary on the fact that Renzo's still fighting for the Gracie name and reputation at age 44. But, in my commenting, I failed to mention Rolles Gracie's upcoming UFC debut. I received some comments from the DSTRYR readership on this and took some well deserved criticism for my omission.
HOWEVER, after Saturday night's pitiful showing against a pretty much unknown, but game and burly Joey Beltran at UFC 109, I don't think MMA has much to worry about from Rolles. As much as I wanted to see the son of the great Rolls Gracie (Sr.) beat some ass, he looked sloppy and out of shape. He seemed to lack skills on all levels: poor takedowns, poor stand-up and sadly, poor jiu jitsu. Needless to say, I was particularly dissapponted in his grappling, given his pedigree and competition history in BJJ*.
I hope Rolles improves and does something in the sport and I have to commend any fighter, especially a BJJ guy, for fighting MMA on that level. That being said, I think the last comments from some you hit the nail on the head - MMA really doesn't need new Gracies (or old ones). BJJ is producing some great, non-Gracie related fighters at the highest level of MMA. Case in point, Damien Maia, who made a solid showing on Saturday. There are so many other fighters at the top of the pro-levels in MMA with BJJ as their initial fighting discipline (e.g., Penn, Galvao, Jacare).
* Grapplers, I know it's not an even comparison between BJJ/grappling in MMA and straight sport BJJ/grappling. But, c'mon now. Know what I mean?
Posted by DSTRYR at 10:46 PM