(Photo by Renzo Gracie)
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with four members of the legendary Gracie family: Renzo Gracie, Rolles Gracie, Igor Gracie, and Gregor Gracie.
We spoke with them on Thursday afternoon at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York where Renzo was leading an intense training session. Rolles Gracie, Igor Gracie, and Gregor Gracie are all scheduled to fight on the ONE FC: Pride of a Nation card Friday, August 31, at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, the Philippines.
On that card, Rolles Gracie will be fighting King of the Cage cruiserweight champion Tony Bonello, Igor Gracie will be fighting Korean welterweight Jung Hwan Cha, and Gregor Gracie will be fighting URCC light heavyweight champion Nicholas Mann.
We discussed their recent fights, what to expect in what should be competitive fights for all of them, and their all looking forward to fighting in front of an enthusiastic sellout crowd in the same arena in the Philippines which housed the legendary "Thrilla in Manila" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1975. Fighting with his brothers on the same card will be, according to Rolles, "a dream come true." In addition, Renzo acknowledged that he would take a rematch of his Pride 10 fight with Kazushi Sakuraba under the right conditions.
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