by Matt Hill – MMAWeekly.com
Renzo Gracie: “I Would Rather Fight Without Rules”
“To be honest, I would rather fight this without rules,” Renzo Gracie said about his recent win over Frank Shamrock. “Believe it…I like it, I love it!”
Renzo of course was speaking here in response to the illegal strikes he received courtesy of Frank Shamrock in their fight at the recent Elite XC show. In many fans’ eyes, Gracie was controlling Frank and Shamrock’s quick way out was by way of illegal strikes. Though Frank may deny it, the knees he delivered to the back of Renzo’s head were seen by many as intentional and many thought he landed the knees precisely where he intended to.
“Gracie vs. Shamrock” was the main event fight for EliteXC’s inaugural show in Southaven, Miss. After dominating Shamrock for the first 7 minutes of the main event, Gracie was struck with two illegal knees to the back of his head that left his thoughts muddled and his vision blurry.
As Renzo writhed around on the cage floor in misery, an indignant Shamrock repeatedly looked through the cage fence with his shoulders shrugged and said to the crowd, “I’m sorry, I thought we were fighting…I guess I’m old school.”
But, it doesn’t get any more old school in no holds barred fighting than the Gracie family…especially Renzo, who has fought the majority of his life – oftentimes with very few or no rules. But, this was not an “old school” fight.
If this fight was an “old school” rules fight, then as Renzo said, “The moment he was trash-talking while he was on the bottom, I would (have) just stand up and kicked him in the face, you know…I would head butt him.” The fact was, though, that the fight did have clear, precise rules.
Renzo said, “I think it’s very immature from his part.”
When Renzo could not recover after his allotted five-minute break the fight was called and was ruled a DQ win for Gracie. Gracie was not happy that the fight ended this way, and said of a possible rematch with Frank, “I would love it.”
The fight that was supposed to answer questions and showcase Shamrock’s dominance did something entirely different. It instead showed hole in Frank’s previously considered impenetrable armor and it showed that Gracie – at nearly forty years of age – still has some serious battles left in him. Hopefully for the sake of the fans this fight can be held again.
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