There’s no denying the recent success of the fighters coming out of the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City.
The school has always produced top talent and been one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies in the world, but their MMA team is finally starting to get some recognition as a top ranked place to train.
The latest fighter to attribute his success to work with the Manhattan based school is Gregor Gracie, who since returning full time to MMA in 2010 has reeled off three straight wins.
In those three victories, Gracie has won all of his fights in the first round by submission with the total time of the fights not even equaling five minutes. Gracie believes his newfound success is a testament to the work he’s put in recently working with his family members like older brother Rolles and others at the academy in New York.
“I’ve been training very hard, and I have a great team here in New York, and I’ve just been putting a lot of time into my training. That’s paying off,” Gracie told MMAWeekly.com. “As Renzo used to say ‘the more I train, the luckier I get.'”
Following a quick submission in his home country of Brazil in late April, Gracie got a call to fight again just a few weeks later. While it wasn’t originally in his plans to compete again so soon, beating an opponent in less than 30 seconds didn’t satisfy the hunger he had in his gut.
“To tell the truth, I didn’t have plans to fight my second fight this year, but I just had my first fight, I was feeling pretty good, and I didn’t get hurt, so right after the fight the guys called me from the other show. I wasn’t doing anything, so why not stay here and fight?” Gracie quipped.
It worked out well with him winning by submission at just under 1:30.
Now with two quick wins under his belt, Gracie wants to take a little time off, but hopes to stay busy with more MMA in 2011. He is also hopeful that he’ll get called to the upcoming Abu Dhabi Grappling competition.
“Right now I’m going to take a little vacation, but I trained today already. It’s hard not to train. I want to fight at least two more times this year, and if I get an invitation, I want to do Abu Dhabi as well,” Gracie stated.
“I’d love to be there among the best guys there. I’d love to be there competing. Hopefully, I’ll get an invitation from them.”
Depending on if he gets a call to compete at Abu Dhabi or not, Gracie is shooting for a July or August return to MMA, and then expects to stay as busy as he can in 2011.
“I can’t wait to get back in the cage again,” Gracie said.
“I want to stay very active so at least two more fights this year, plus Abu Dhabi. If Abu Dhabi doesn’t work out then maybe three more fights this year.”