Yes, Royce Gracie will grace the Octagon once again, although it will be a much more animated version of the man who dominated the early mixed martial arts scene in America.
No, he’s not going to step in and fight Anderson Silva or anything of that sort, Royce will be a part of UFC Undisputed 2009 when it is released this Spring. He’s also the subject of a documentary that the UFC is working on for Spike TV.
“The thing with Royce is… we love Royce. He’s the man who started it all,” said UFC president Dana White on Tuesday. “We’re doing a documentary on him on Spike; he’s going to be in the video game. We’re doing lots of stuff with him still.”
White pretty much squashed the idea of Royce returning to the UFC to actually compete in the Octagon again. At least it’s something that he doesn’t want to see happen.
“To be honest with ya, I don’t want to see Royce fight again. Like what happened last Saturday (referring to Oscar De La Hoya’s dismantling by Manny Pacquiao), we all get older. Royce paid his dues. He’s the man and I don’t think he has anything to prove… so I don’t think you’re going to see him fight.”
Royce Gracie becomes the 13th fighter that has been publicly named for UFC Undisputed 2009. The list also includes: Brock Lesnar, Michael Bisping, Matt Hughes, Forrest Griffin, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, Kenny Florian, Joe Stevenson, Roger Huerta, B.J. Penn, and Anderson Silva.