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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.”

(Photo Cred: Tatame.com)

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