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Wednesday, September 01, 2010
We spoke Tuesday afternoon at the Renzo Gracie Academy New York City about his most recent mixed martial arts fight, at UFC 112 on April 10, 2010, in Abu Dhabi, against Matt Hughes. We discussed some of his greatest and most memorable fights, including his 1995 World Combat Championship tournament win, his 1996 victory over Oleg Taktarov, and his 2000 loss to Kazushi Sakuraba. He explained why "grappling is the backbone of MMA" and the key role played by leading figures in Abu Dhabi in helping both grappling and mixed martial arts. He commented on how he misses the now-defunct International Fight League (IFL). He also argued that New York should finally sanction mixed martial arts and provide more opportunities for the people in New York, including the youth.
We also discussed the Renzo Gracie Open No-Gi 2010 tournament, which takes place Friday, November 12, and Saturday, November 13, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, at the second annual MMA WORLD EXPO. This is an open grappling tournament with numerous divisions, and will be a highlight of this EXPO.
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