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EXCLUSIVE | Renzo Gracie on Sonnen call; Griffin vs. Ortiz | UFC NEWS

Renzo Gracie is a legend. He is also one of the smartest MMA fighters I have met. He has affected so many fighters and athletes in a positive way throughout his career. The latest fighter to get advice from Renzo was UFC main eventer Chael Sonnen. Gracie opened up about Chael and what he said to him in a recent phone call.

“I have known Chael for a long time and trust me he is a great guy”, Renzo said. “People don’t realize what a great guy he really is. I do. I have seen him fight in Japan. Fighting battles back and forth. He is always fighting tough guys and always changing his skills from just wrestling to an unbelievable MMA fighter. If you understand like I do that he is the best person ever to fight Anderson Silva”.

Renzo also spoke with Chael about his outspokenness and respect. He also feels the Chael most of us see is not really who is.

“I know Brazil. He loves the people and he loves jiu jitsu. He just needs to sell the fight and take his frustrations out for things he had in his past. The defeat he had to Anderson, and the problems with the commission still bothered him. He does an unbelievable job selling the fights. He is the modern day version of Ali. His antics and talk don’t match with the person I know. When I call him it’s more to remind him that he couldn’t let the stuff in his past affect the good person he really was. He understood completely I think. He changed. Right away he stopped talking so much and focused on the fight. For sure tonight will be unbelievable”.

The co-main event for UFC 148 is Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin in their third and final fight together. Tito retires tonight win or lose, and Renzo believes he can walk out with his head high no matter the outcome.

“Tito has done a lot for the sport. He carried the UFC for a long time. He was the poster boy for them. He wasn’t there without a reason”, Gracie said. “One of his first fights he lost to a really good fighter and he changed completely after that. He became the champion. I think he has all of the tools to put up a great fight. At the same time he’s facing a very tough guy in Forrest Griffin. Griffin and Bonnar are responsible for the huge change that happened in the UFC. The exposure and the average Joe liking the UFC after they fought. To count Forrest out is to be dumb. Forrest is extremely tough and a tough fighter”.

As for an advantage going to either Ortiz or Griffin, Renzo believed it was too close to call.

“I really believe they are evenly matched. I think Forrest is a better striker and Tito has better wrestling skills. If Tito comes in strong I think it’s a very tough fight for Forrest. If Tito’s not at his best he’s going to go through hell to get through Griffin’s defense and striking. That’s what I like so much about this sport. You cannot predict. It’s a surprise box every time”.

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0 Comments to EXCLUSIVE | Renzo Gracie on Sonnen call; Griffin vs. Ortiz | UFC NEWS

  1. Kirk says:

    Just watched the Tito fight. He was fucking robbed. And I think that was the most classless act on Forrests part.

    • Nuitari X says:

      What fucking fight were you watching? Tito just stood there most of the time. I do agree that the way forest acted after the fight was wrong. Not only did he walk out of the ring and have to be brought back, the things he said on the microphone were disrespectful to Tito.

      • Sam P says:

        Nuitari X the same fight you were watching forest must of gave the judges head wish he gave this dirty by head

    • Matt says:

      Go home ‘wrestling rules’ and ‘keep fitch’ you are the biggest cunts on this site, and its time for you acknowledge how fing wrong you were
      Im waiting to hear your response to losing like the **** you are, what do you have to say to that?!?

      • WrestlingRules says:

        Have your fun, you deserve it…..I’ll comment when Pedro gets up and posts a thread…..stay tuned

        • danielrchargers says:

          damn i new you where a nerd, but i did not really think it was TRUE. ur gonna sit there and write down some shit to type on here about how wrong you were?

        • Sam P says:

          @WrestlingRules can’t wait for you and Pedro to show man love when he finaly wake from your guys drunking love making you guys did last night ;) i’ll never tale

  2. stephen riddle says:

    Fuck a tito glad he is gone good bye!

  3. Bjj BB says:

    Yea i thought tito won da 1st and 3rd, he did get robbed!

  4. sam p says:

    If he called me i would suck him off faster then bj knocked out matt hughs

  5. Sam P says:

    wish titto would cum to my place naked

  6. Hjortur Halldorsson says:

    Anderson is definitely the greatest of all time. He defended the takedown attempts in good fashion in the second round and he was always going to beat Chael in the stand up fight.
    But what on earth was the ref thinking? The stoppage was WAY too early, Anderson didn’t even knock Chael down, Chael simply slipped so there was no need for such an early stoppage. The strikes weren’t even completely clean because Chael had his hands in the way. When the fighters are at this level they should get more time no try and recover and get out of a bad spot. Recent example is the Wandy vs Rich fight, were Rich was in all sorts of trouble but managed to stay in the fight and then go on and win a unanimous decision.
    I’m not denying that Chael was hurt because he obviously was, it was transparent in his facial expressions. But nonetheless he should’ve gotten more time to get out of the bad situation he was in.
    I’m extremely tired right now (it’s 5:15 am in Iceland) but I’m still going to watch the post fight PC live because I’m really interested to hear if they agree with me there.

    I’m not trying to take anything away from Anderson, he probably would have won the fight anyway, but you know what I mean.

    Why isn’t there a live discussion thread on here?

    • stephen riddle says:

      Why is there not a talking thread, why!?

    • Sam P says:

      I would love to have a 3 way with you and Mr. Silva just like you want I can tell in your comments that you want him bad because even though he beat a under dog you still think he is the best lets do him both you dirty boy

      • Hjortur Halldorsson says:

        When you are the greatest of all time you are always beating underdogs. That’s just common sense.

        I can understand why you would like to fuck me because I’m gorgeous, but Silva? Come on man I hope you can do better than that. Best of luck to you finding some manly love on a MMA forum. There was a guy here once who couldn’t stop talking about dicks and manly love, he called himself Bla De blah or something like that, maybe you can get in touch with him.

        • Sam P says:

          @Hjortur Halldorsson
          thanks sweat and sour sauce you are the light of my brown eye I call it my 4th eye

    • WrestlingRules says:

      Damn Felagi, you are one crazy dedicated Icelander to stay up all night and then watch the post-fight…..Is it daylight most of the day up there in the summer??

      • Hjortur Halldorsson says:

        Yeah I always stay up when the fight cards are fantastic. Like this card, the heavyweight card, Jones vs Rashad and so on.
        I actually went to sleep at 6.30 am and my wife and daughter woke up one hour later :-D
        I was very disappointed that nobody at the PC asked Chael or maybe even Dana if they though the stoppage was a too early. Maybe I’m just being biased and it was a good call by the ref?

        • WrestlingRules says:

          Wow you are definitely dedicated to these good fights. Sonnen was dazed and hurt and he may have come back but I don’t feel it was too early. It was close but Silva is really good at picking his punches for the most effectiveness and Sonnen might have gotten ko’d if the ref didn’t stop it. I would have liked to see that though instead of a tko. The same could have been said about the Wandy-Franklin bout. That could have been called too. But overall, I’m good with the call.

    • Xaninho says:

      Sonnen was hurt, curled up and did nothing but cry. He wasn’t getting himself out of that situation nor defending himself intelligently.

      He was about to tap out.

      • Hjortur Halldorsson says:

        We have seen fighters get out of situation like this before, at least that’s how I feel. But of course it’s better to stop a fight too early then too late.

        I’m not trying to take anything away from Anderson, he most certainly did his job and I’m truly beginning to believe that he will go out as undefeated in the Octagon. Maybe Munoz could cause him problems but I can’t see anybody winning him. He’s just a true winner like Jordan, Schwarzenegger and guys like that.

        • Kyle says:

          Its about head movement. If you cover up and just sit there the fight has to be stopped, if you cover up and (even slightly) utilize head movement (A la Rich Franklin) the fight can continue. The truth is that knee from Silva broke Chael’s will. Much like Rashad’s knee did to Tito…. In summary it was a good stoppage, though I can see where you’re coming from.

      • WrestlingRules says:

        Sonnen was hurt, he was defending and definitely wasn’t crying and was not going o tap out. He may have been close to being ko’d but none of the other crap you just typed.

  7. D-yan says:

    that was awesome, anderson’s the best ever!!!!!! id hate to pick his next opponent

  8. D-yan says:

    That was awesome, anderson’s the best ever!

  9. Bjj BB says:

    I was waiting for some dumbass on here to say it was a early stop, it was the knee that hit sonnen after he slipped that did it for sonnen, silva jumping on top and punching him just showed that sonnen could not continue after he hot kneed, so sonnen was done b4 silva jumped on him, so that gave sonnen more then a fair amount of time to recover but hes a bitch so he quit!! Get over it and stop crying!!

    • Sam P says:

      so you came on here to hate on Chael fans why? because the under dog lost your so smart you picked anderson silva to win who would of guessed

      by the way im gay for you

      • ............ says:

        LOL^

        • Sam P says:

          @…………
          some one gets jokes you must not be a guy that thinks chael realy thinks “I’m like Jon Jones, I sound like Sean combs and I’ve got trombone sized stones like John Holmes the other retards think he is for real and means it and forgets he is in the entertainment biz it makes me sick how stuck up people act and how nobody has a since on hummer yeah I spelled that right get rid of fitch for ever loves man balls

  10. Bjj BB says:

    @ samP, stfu!

  11. diehard ufcer says:

    Great fight. Forrest way more strikes… Tito couple big shots and the takedowns. Coulda went either way. Forrest ruined titos last fight night afterwards by walking out the ring and his dumb interview

  12. diehard ufcer says:

    He proly lost buncha fans with that crap

  13. Danny says:

    All I can say is Chanel sonnen is way better than he was tonight and I declare a rematch!!!!!

  14. Danny says:

    And fuck who hates on sonnen!

  15. diehard ufcer says:

    SONNEN lost his mind when he couldn’t take Anderson down. Retarded attempt of a spinning attack and Anderson took advantage. Fuck it its over. Anderson had one bad night 2 yrs ago and has shut up all doubters. Even chael had nothing to say afterwards. Noone rooted for chael to pull off the miracle harder than me it is what it is What’s next for chael now?

  16. I would just like to say to all the Chael fans that have being spewing shit about Anderson saying he’s fake and a paper champion.I would just like to say hole heartedly HAHAHA FUCK YOU WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY NOW?

    • Sam P says:

      I want to suck your dick sweety

      do you ever root for the under dog or do you bet on teams like the heat and the yankes you are a bigger homo then me and i sucked 39 cocks
      but i get it your life sucks so bad the under dog can’t be your hero you want to know how it feels to be right mys self if jon jones fights ken flo im cheering ken flow on you sir are a fucking tool

  17. diehard ufcer says:

    Techno striker I don’t think its a matter of people hating silva after the whole Maia thing I think people perceived him as too cocky n liked at least seeing someone give him a fight. Noone will beat silva and chael will forever be known as his greatest opponent

  18. diehard ufcer says:

    Chael would have to destroy a bunch of people in a row for Dana to even think bout it. I think he has a better chance against Jones he should go light heavyweight

  19. The almighty hog says:

    .This is the weirdest comments ever..who is this gay fuck?? Its actually funny fucked up and disturbing all in one..cant see chael fighting on..the goal is to be champ..unfortunetly for him he fought a champ that is in a era of his own…forrest is a prick ,cung lee was slick, cote was ok until he got that head kick..next big 1 penn vs macdonald warr bj

  20. Chaelisdead says:

    HAHAHAHA now where are all the gay fail sonnen fans??? I want to see wrestler and all the other motherfuckers say something? Your chael got destroyed as predicted. He is a horrible fighter he needs to retire and shut his mouth forever. Silva the best fighter of all times gave him a lesson. And all you chaels fans that said bad things about silva GO FUCK YOURSELVES and go suck each other steroid tiny dicks hahahahah RIP SONNEN

    • Sam P says:

      he is the only one to give anderson a fight did you see the first round or were you getting fisted by the deceased bones of Andra the giant you sexy silva fanboy big nog big knob lover

  21. KIDD433 says:

    Im just glad TITO is done.Ive been sick of his gay gimmicks since day one

  22. Bjj BB says:

    @ Sam P, get yp faggot ass out of here!! 1st off the 1st round was sonnen just laying on him and he landed a pour amount of punches for someone that was on him for the full round witch is very sad and to top it all off silva was just relaxing the whole time!! then the 2nd round silva stopped all his take downs then spanked him like the lil bitch he is, so it just goes to show that the 1st fight they had, sonnet only looked that good cause he was on that TRT BULLSHIT!! so now every1 knows that sonnen is not the guy who almost beat silva or gave him the best fight cause he cheated!!

    • Sam P says:

      @Bjj BB
      he grabed chaels shorts the whole second round like you would bite the pillow while I feed you my man lunch for one round of action ;)

  23. GHB says:

    I am so glad that the internet has opened my eyes to the morons that actually inhabit this planet.

    Nothing but bad english and heavy overusage of the word “gay” and “fail”, if you cant contribute anything intellectual or observational keep your trap shut.

    I have followed UFC since its inception and ill tell you all one thing, some people in here are the last people that anyone fighter would give the time of day to.

    These athletes are the alphas from all different disciplines and win or lose, all fighters that grace the ring deserve recognition and respect, not mindless simpleton opinions from people that cant even form a sentence properly.

    • Sam P says:

      damn straight thats a tight ass comment real tight like a 747 jet going through the ass of anderson coper on a sunday!!!!! ;)

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