Ten years ago at ADCC 2003, Eddie Bravo handed Royler Gracie his first professional loss in competitive grappling in the quarter finals and made a name for himself in the mixed martial arts world. For ten years, super fans and grappling enthusiasts have been waiting for another showdown between these two warriors, and now, they are finally about to get it at Metamoris 3.
Gracie seems to very relaxed and easy-going about his soon approaching fight, casually letting fans know that he has nothing to prove:
Eddie Bravo, Royler Gracie
Your rematch with Eddie Bravo is a week away. How do you feel about it? Are you looking to prove something, have fun or just get it over with?
Well, I don’t think I need to prove nothing. I’m more than happy to be there and I’ve trained well. I do my homework like everybody else. You’re talking about the high-level athlete and that’s how I train my life every time I’ve been in a competition. It’s not going to be different. Be conservative. Pay attention. Go forward, but if you need to back up, you back up. And that’s how the fight’s going to be.
I think in my fight, not his fight. Make sure you have two tanks of the gas behind your back, you can go forward all day long. Yeah, just be ready. No pressure, like the old times.
People sometimes, they say, ‘Hey, Royler, man, you’re world champion. You’re going to fight again. It’s not too much?’ Hey, I have a beautiful sleep the night before and that’s amazing. I’m not worried about it. Whatever happens, it happens. If you don’t like to lose, don’t compete.
That’s my thing. Everything can happen. I know I do my best and like I said, do my homework and then I put on my money on Royler today and the day of the fight.