Royce Gracie Says His Issue with Eddie Bravo is His Drug Use, Not His Jiu-Jitsu or Family Feud

April 29, 2014
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Royce GracieFollowing his recent draw in a grappling rematch with Royler Gracie, Eddie Bravo faced a backstage confrontation with Royler’s brother, the legendary Royce Gracie.

Royce is widely respected in the MMA community because of his family’s contributions through jiu-jitsu, and also because he was the original dominator of the old-school UFC one-night tournament format, winning three of the first four tournaments.

So when Royce tracked down Bravo after the latter’s grappling match with his brother, everyone wanted the lowdown on the showdown.

Royce initially said on The MMA Hour, “I told him that I liked what he said after the fight, but didn’t like the fact that he always talked trash about Royler and my family. He stood up and started yelling, so I also raised the tone of my voice and told him I didn’t like it.”

Royce was recently a guest on Australia’s Submission Radio, however, and explained that his confrontation with Bravo had little to do with grappling or family, but stemmed more from his disrespect for Bravo’s endorsement of the recreational use of marijuana.

“I did what every man should do when he has an issue with a person, talk face to face,” said Royce. “I don’t approve what he represents. You see, it’s nothing to do with the match with Royler. It’s nothing to do with what with his jiu-jitsu. It’s what he endorses; I don’t approve it. It’s disrespectful toward the art of what my father created. We teach kids, so I don’t endorse alcohol and I don’t endorse drugs.”

While most people seemed to think that Royce’s confrontation was perhaps sour grapes because his brother was unable to avenge a loss to Bravo that stemmed back to 2003, Royce now is putting taking umbrage with Bravo being a jiu-jitsu practitioner and instructor that endorses drug use.

“My issue with him is simple. I don’t like him because he endorses (drugs). It’s nothing to do with (which) jiu-jitsu he uses, gi (or) no gi, it’s because of what he endorses. We teach kids. His message out there is ‘it’s ok for you to do drugs’,” Royce declared.

“I don’t care (if) you say it was prescription drugs, well get a pound of pot and walk into a police station. You gonna get arrested.

“Once the guy endorses pot and endorses drinking, to me that’s wrong because I have kids too. I don’t want my kids involved with pot and I don’t want my kids drinking and I did what every man should do if you have a problem, talk face to face with the person.

“What did he do? (Eddie Bravo) went to the Internet saying ‘Oh my God, I saw Royce trying to kick my ass, ohhh he wants to beat me up, poor me’.”

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  • Usmc8408

    Marijuana is disrespectful to the art his father created, yet him getting caught for illegal drugs in his system….steroids, is perfectly ok and respectable. Makes perfect sense!

    • dissapointed

      My thoughts exactly, not to mention he and his family have personally awarded numerous belts to open marijuana smokers etc. Iriscience from Dilated peoples is a purple belt out of their Torrance academy and has trained with the family and that guy puffs mad trees etc etc … so sad to see grown men act like petty children and get all sour about stuff and then make excuses/deflect, you would think the Gracies for all their talk would be elevated above crap like this…

      • matthew

        first of all drugs dont grow , there tampered with, second, if u do find it heelps certain cond, like tics? etc, its not gonna fix everything, but it should be legal just as protein repairs muscle, but there are certain people that abuse food, asprin, alcohol, etc, but there legal, fast cars, bikes . plane,. to use at our own risk, guns are a good one, guns kill, only in the wrong hands. my point has been made. gov, back the heck up. theyre mad because there in bed with the pharmacutical ind. period.. taxed much..

        • even more disappointed

          horrible arguement. it should be a rule (and i dont mean to point out you here but unfortunately you are the last post) that you shouldnt be able to blindly say stupid things and treat them as fact unless and until you actually do the research. Marijuana is used in single digit levels by people who ACTUALLY NEED IT!! The rest are people who have faked their way to a script. They have NO MEDICINAL use. unless you count the desire to feel high and act like a jackass as medically required. Again, no offense to you buddy, it just annoys me that people make these generalizations without knowing reality.

  • Mike

    Love Royce, but he was busted for performance enhancing drugs…

  • jim

    Hey Royce you lost so much respect with this situation that you are now going to the drug card. You are a sore and bitter loser. Please just sit at home and watch the UFC become the biggest sport in the world. You should be part owner of the UFC but your greed and ego didnt allow you to.. Stop embarrasing your family name.

  • David Huenecke

    Considering he endorses pot and alcohol and still has some of the best bjj around shows it doesnt affect his skills.

    • Andrew Sarasin

      FYI he does not endorse alcohol, only marijuana after the age of 27.

  • julian moran

    Since when does Bravo endorse alcohol?

    Royce must come out of the Laranja jj school.

  • Marc

    The Gracie’s created JJ about as much as Steven Seagal created the front kick.

  • put me in the sauna coach

    Crying just like he did after Matt Hughes destroyed him. “Oh I wasn’t myself that night” Yeah you weren’t yourself cause an American Wrestler took you to grappling school 101. The guy can’t give credit to anyone unless they have a Gracie logo on their shirt.

  • MuayThaiFood

    And you’re an ignorant, red neck loser.

  • Dave Roberts

    Royce Gracie knows drugs are bad from that time he pissed dirty for steroids.

  • Asd

    If honor and dignity are an inherent part of martial arts, which they are, the Gracies are a disgrace to martial arts. They are pathetic scum.

  • Dude

    SMH Royce!

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    Its got nothing to do with weed, Eddie is a smart dude and Royce is mad that everyone in mma doesnt bow to the Gracies anymore

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    Besides Royce got popped for roids, thats cheating and way worse than weed

  • Andrew Sarasin

    by the way, eddie doesn’t support drugs and alcohol, he talks about the benefits of marijuana and he’s never been okay with kids smoking weed. He believes it should be legal for people over 27 years of age. Look it up if you don’t believe me, he talks about it on his podcast.

    • El Gvapo

      Why 27? Seems like an odd number.

      • Andrew Sarasin

        I know lol, but he says 27 because that’s when he started smoking weed. He says that its best to wait until your older so you can appreciate it. I agree after 21 or maybe 25 to appreciate it but 27 is a weird number,so i guess its mostly based on his experience then.

  • Doug

    Really Royce because you looked pretty jacked for your second fight against Sakuraba….

  • Brent

    Puff, Puff, Pass Royce!