A return to active competition by one of MMA’s true legends may be on the horizon.
Renzo Gracie revealed this past weekend that not only does he consider himself not retired, but he has been contemplating returning to competitive fighting as a lightweight.
Gracie made the revelation during a panel discussion that proceeded the world premiere of the documentary Renzo Gracie: Legacy at the United States Film Festival in Philadelphia this past Saturday.
Gracie has not competed since EliteXC’s first-ever event in February of 2007 in Southaven, Miss. Facing fellow legend Frank Shamrock in a middleweight bout, Gracie was declared the winner after Shamrock was disqualified for delivering illegal knees to the head.
Since the Shamrock fight, Gracie has consistently stated to the media that he has not retired. However, he also had expressed little interest in a possible return, until this past weekend. Citing the drive of some of his younger students training out of his MMA gyms in New York and New Jersey, the 41-year old said working with them has not only motivated him to fight again but that he wants to drop two classes in weight and compete at 155 pounds.
Gracie did not offer a specific timetable for his return and added that when and where he fights again will depend on the quality of offers he receives.