In a sign that the UFC 1, 2, and 4 winner might be losing a few of his marbles, Royce Gracie has denounced the younger generation of his family for not focusing exclusively on jiu jitsu in an interview with MMAFighting.com.
Jiu-jitsu is enough. I’ve trained boxing in the past to learn the distance, trained wrestling to understand how he would take me down, but I won’t get there to fight my opponent’s game. The (new) guys (from the Gracie) family want to complement their game, like if jiu-jitsu was incomplete. I guess they forgot a little about history.
I do jiu-jitsu my whole life, so why would I try to stand and bang with Mike Tyson? I’m going to learn boxing in 6 months because my opponent is good in boxing? That makes no sense.
Roger, like any other member of the family, is trying to learn wrestling, boxing. I believe in pure jiu-jitsu. That’s what I’ve done in the past. You have to go back to your roots and train Gracie jiu-jitsu.
Of course, Royce kept quiet about the part where his 100% pure Gracie jiu jitsu finally overcame the great villain Kazushi Sakuraba. Of course, it had nothing to do with the fact that Royce’s urine broke the meter for the anabolic steroid nandrolone at the time, meaning that he was probably right in the middle of a cycle when he put his pure jiu jitsu into action. But so sayeth the champ: jiu jitsu is enough! As the elder Gracie sagely mentions, Gregor, Neiman, and Roger are kinda stupid for learning how to box and wrestle with the rest of the world. Why do that when you can get by on a steady diet of octopus, armbars, and Cold War-era East German surplus pharmaceuticals?