Gracie is one of the best submission grappler’s in the world if not the best. However one man who would disagree with this statement is Tim Kennedy who offered a challenge via his official Twitter account.
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) July 23, 2012
Gracie commented on Tim Kennedy and states that in Jiu-Jitsu alone Kennedy would not stand a chance against him.
“He can say whatever he wants. He can be good on the ground, but technically I’m much better. In a Jiu-Jitsu match, he probably wouldn’t have a chance against me,”
However Gracie is well aware that Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts are two very different platforms and in his Middleweight debut he was not able to submit Keith Jardine.
“In a MMA fight, we can’t say. In my last fight, my opponent (Keith Jardine) was far away from being a black belt and I couldn’t submit him.”
Gracie defeated Jardine who had previously challenged for Luke Rockhold’s Middleweight Title and a bout against another former Middleweight contender would be something that interests Gracie.
“I guess it can be an interesting fight. Anyone in Strikeforce would do an interesting fight with me.”
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