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Saturday, 06/09/2012, 10:17 am

Rickson Gracie Feels Only 30 Percent Of Jiu-Jitsu Is Effective In MMA

By Jamie McAllister
Rickson Gracie in an interview with TATAME.

Gracie talks about the evolution of MMA and feels pure Jiu-Jitsu alone now in the sport just does not cut it any more.

“No, things have changed. Nowadays the rules impose a rhythm to the bout, conditioning and a game plan which imposes Jiu-Jitsu to have a determined shape,”

“If you take off time and weight (limit) you might add some technique, game plan, conditioning and a way of thinking. From the moment it is a three round five minutes a round fight, you spend some energy, lose 17 of 22lbs to fight and you have a high level training technology.”

Rickson feels like a large part of Jiu-Jitsu is now useless in the sport of MMA and conditioning is by far the most important aspect.

“You may use like 30 percent of Jiu-Jitsu”, explains. “You can’t put Royce or any other guy only using it… Technology has changed the sport a lot in terms of how much you train, the capacity of losing weight to fight… It’s completely different. You can use many Jiu-Jitsu things, but the body is your main element.”

He also goes on to talk about fighters who he admires in the sport of MMA.

“Jon Jones and Anderson Silva”, says Rickson. “They are really controlling the scene. You can’t say anything about them. They are smart, well conditioned and they fight in high level.”

Rickson feels we would see more top level talent in the sport if it was not so difficult to reach the UFC.

“There are always newcomers and things are very dynamic. Athletes just emerge from nowhere”, explains. “The filter is too small for the number of people that would like to be there fighting on the events (UFC). There’s a bigger demand than we know. If it was an open championship, like in Jiu-Jitsu, there would be many new names.”

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23 Responses to “Rickson Gracie Feels Only 30 Percent Of Jiu-Jitsu Is Effective In MMA”

  1. jbeamazing says:

    At least he is being real

  2. Natural says:

    1/3 that’s actually alot

  3. Dee says:

    I heard him say this before at the Abu Dhabi Championship. He’s the man. He knows what he’s talking about. The dude is a martial arts genius. I learn so much by listening to him speak, and he’s always very real in his interviews. People think the Gracies are full of bull, but I’ve learned that they have and continue to help the sport of MMA grow more and more.

  4. MrGrooveSSC says:

    My question to him is how does technology change the way you train? Guys have been training the same way but now it’s just not BJJ. They have incorporated many other different martial arts now and different conditioning training but none of it has to do with technology. That’s just my question.

  5. WrestlingRules says:

    Not really news…most know this already

  6. DAMN! says:

    Considering the MMA Pyramid, 1/3 is alot.

  7. KIDD433 says:

    hey @gay wrestling rules.Only a dumb fuck flamer wrestler would say something like that.

    • WrestlingRules says:

      so does a title like KIDD… mean that you’re really The Mann? Or does it just mean your mommy;s little boy? The latter, I’m sure. are you a bjj nerd? or a bjj homosexual, do you wax your eyebrows too? How about an argument that BJJ is the beast in mma and wrestling is like 5-10% in mma??? What you can’t fight?? Oh yah, not rally news..EVERYBODY all ready knows that…..

      • K2 says:

        Actually yeah, 5-10% wrestling. Single and Double leg. Spins for back control. oh, and Belcher tried that Banana Split a few weeks ago… so 15%.

        • WrestlingRules says:

          WRONG….Wresling is 50%, bjj 5% and boxing is 40% and then all the other bs, like leg kicks, muay thai, pettis sideshow bs = 5%. At least for the best fighters…

        • Joe Bidden says:

          Are you retarded? 40% boxing? Really? 40? James Toney. His boxing did shit. Literally jackshit.

          Wrestling is easily the most dominant form in MMA, that’s obvious. But fucking boxing? How the fuck does boxing comprise 40%?

        • primalmasher says:

          well, you see joe… if you weren’t retarded…

  8. Mike Suleski says:

    um seeing how every fight starts on the feet I would say that 60% of the fight it is stand up weather it be boxing kickboxing and only 10% wrestling and 30% BJJ like rickson said now dont get me wrong I love wrestling and I train with a man named frank field who is a member of the NCAA all dream team but you cant really use to much wrestling in MMA cause it outs you in bad positions to get tapped out which is what almost always happens to wrestlers who take really good BJJ fighters to the ground BJJ is alot of sweeps and what not wrestling just puts you in a position and when a wrestler cant take a fight to the ground they get destroyed 9 times out of 10 and dont ever compare james toney to MMA he was cocky as shit and never trained a day in his life on the ground you can not take 6 months to train on the ground and expect to win

  9. Monkey juice says:

    Rickson is just another dude pissed off he got old before mma blew up. He likes no time limit because he was a lazy fighter like Royce that would circle for an hour or roll for an hour until the other guy says fuck it, I’m sick of this shit. Tap me out Gaylord. Gracie’s are bullshit.

  10. bigkenny says:

    hey monkey juice, are you not aware of rickson’s achievements? of his record? Bullshit? you’re a fuckin poser and a Noob! MMA “blew up” because pf pioneers like the “lazy” Gracie fighters. Grow up and grow a pair

  11. Monkey juice says:

    You know nothing about Gracie’s. They are all overhyped glory pigs. They all talk all this shit with all this swagger how fucking great they are. Dickson beat up some old Japanese dudes 12 years ago. Funaki his biggest win was a bas rutten slapp-fighter from pancrase. Bas is another joke. You can’t carry my fuckin popcorn to my couch. Your mma knowledge is weak. Smack.

    • Mike Suleski says:

      You think bas rutten is a joke? the dude had a 23 win streak he was beating guys with leg kicks in the first round and knocked out frank shamrock with a slap….and rickson went unbeaten and all of his wins were by submission I hate how fans that only started watching MMA a yr ago can throw around such stupid statements the only reason why alot of old school fighters dont do well now a days is because their fucken old jesus dan severan has 99 wins is he a fucken chump to???

  12. Derp says:

    He said “30% of ju jitsu”. Meaning If there were 100 ju jitsu moves only 30 of them could be useable in mma. He wasnt talking about the ratio of ju jitsu to boxing to wrestling etc. which is what you idiots are arguing about

  13. Monkey juice says:

    Bas sucks-slap fights were fixed.
    Rickson sucks-fought washed up Japanese, fixed fights.
    Severn sucks-80 fights against tomato cans.
    Mike seluski sucks-old man mma cock.

  14. 2Real says:

    Monkey juice you’re a fucking retard.. people like you shouldn’t be allowed to express yourself.. go find the nearest bridge and jump.. fucking idiot.. Rickson is a fucking legend..

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