So Renzo Gracie and Matt Hughes are in all likelihood going to fight, but it won’t happen in Renzo’s UFC debut. Bloody Elbow got the news straight from Renzo himself.
I spoke to Renzo Gracie yesterday at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York, and contrary to earlier rumors, he won’t be fighting Matt Hughes in his Octagon debut. The match up though has indeed been talked about and will most likely happen, but it was actually negotiated for his second UFC fight, and not the first.
No word yet on when or who he will debut against, but for the most part it seems like the UFC management wants him to shake off the rust and to re-introduce him to the fans first before taking on Matt Hughes. Nothing is final yet, so for the mean time, he is helping his cousin Rolles Gracie get ready for his UFC debut against Mostapha Al-Turk this February.
If not Hughes, who will Renzo fight? The options seem limited at best. Phil Baroni and Frank Trigg are the only names I can think of off the top of my head.
Just me thinking out loud, but Gracie and Hughes would be a good fit as coaches for the next season of TUF. I wonder if that option has been considered? The GSP and Dan Hardy TUF 11 coaching rumors were shot down today.
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