Despite being 47 years old, Renzo Gracie remains active in the gym. Now, he wants to turn that into a return to the UFC.
Gracie told Submission Radio recently that he is seeking a pair of bouts with the UFC in 2015 between bouts with Sakuraba and Matt Hughes.
“Yes, because I’m fighting Sakuraba now. I’m already in shape and then I have to fight Matt Hughes in September. I said ‘what am I going to do in the middle, die of boredom? No (expletive) way. Get me some opponents!'” Gracie said. “I’m going to be in shape now and what am I going to do, get out of shape and get back again? No. I’m going to try to find at least two matches in the middle, so (that) I can have my fun and keep my shape up so I can have a great match with my brother Matt Hughes.”
Gracie said he already talked with UFC president Dana White, who offered to give him a check not to fight. Gracie replied to that by saying he would “fight for free.”
“I’ll be looking forward to training with my boys and then if I can do well, I’ll be back in MMA for sure next year,” he added. “I’m going to be looking at fighting at 155.”
Gracie (13-7-1) last competed inside the Octagon in 2010, falling to Hughes via third round TKO. He holds wins over the likes of Frank Shamrock, Carlos Newton and Pat Miletich, but the last victory came seven years ago.