Cesar Gracie wasn’t exactly thrilled about his cousin Renzo’s decision to train Georges St. Pierre for his title fight with Jake Shields this weekend at UFC 129. It’s not going to break their family bond, but Cesar definitely didn’t approve. From Sherdog Radio via MMA Bay:
“You got to understand, Renzo is like a brother to me. We grew up together, so nothing’s going to change. But I did have a talk with him and I said ‘Renzo, you’re training a guy that doesn’t represent your academy, that represents another academy to fight a guy that represents a Gracie academy.’ It doesn’t make sense to me, it just doesn’t. Georges is a great guy, from all accounts, he’s respectful, a decent human being is my understanding.”
“I’m an old-school guy, I really am and when Georges St. Pierre was training to fight Matt Serra…I couldn’t imagine a guy coming in and training with me just to beat one of my blackbelts. I just couldn’t do it. I don’t know exactly what they’re doing over there with that, it’s just not my way. I’m old school and I’m going to die old school, that’s just who I am. I made my feelings known to Renzo. I don’t think my guys appreciate it. Frankie Edgar is over there and he’s a really good kid too. He came out to my place and he’s a hard worker and he came to train for the BJ Penn fight. I refuse to have my guys train with BJ Penn for that fight. They asked us if he [BJ Penn] could train for the Frankie Edgar fight and I said ‘No’ because that’s the guy that represents Renzo Gracie”
“I just look at it like you got to carry out flag to battle, that’s pretty much it. If you can’t carry our flag to battle, then you can’t train with us.”
Videos of GSP and Frankie Edgar working on their BJJ with Renzo courtesy of Tatame.