Thursday, April 8, 2010
Renzo the GUARD Redeemer!
Renzo Gracie is just a straight-up cool guy. He's classy and humble and still a legit fighter. My first memory of him was from 1995 (a few years before I started training BJJ) - when I watched the World Combat Championship live via Pay-Per-View. Renzo won handily with his jiu jitsu -- he even stepped on a dude's head after he won!
As you know, he's about to get back in to the so-called octagon facing Matt Hughes in this weekend's UFC 112. It should be an interesting fight, despite the fact that neither is a real contender for a title right now.
Check out this interview (via Sherdog) below with Renzo regarding the upcoming Hughes fight. He talks about how under-utilized and one-dimensional the guard has recently been portrayed in MMA. We even mentioned that a couple of weeks ago here. It will be interesting to see how he uses the guard against Hughes.
It's great to hear a fighter like Renzo talk about the importance and relevance of good jiu jitsu in MMA today.* Good luck, Renzo! DSTRYRsg will be rooting for you.
* no doubt we may see some great BJJ in Damiem Maia and BJ Penn on Saturday as well.