Seems like the Eddie Bravo vs. Gracie family rivalry won’t end after Metamoris 3.
Eleven years after Bravo’s historical submission victory over Royler Gracie at ADCC, they fought to a draw in a 20-minute, submission-only match at Metamoris 3 in Los Angeles, Calif., but the result wasn’t enough for Royce Gracie.
According to a report on the Underground, Royce Gracie went backstage looking for Bravo after the 20-minute match, and the MMA legend confirmed the story to MMAFighting.com.
“I wanted to talk to him for years, but never had the chance to meet him,” Royce Gracie told MMAFighting.com on Monday. “I met him after the fight and he was there, throwing up. Royler dominated him so much, he did so much strength, that he threw up after the fight.”
Royce Gracie said he liked what Bravo said on the mat after the rematch, but wasn’t happy with the comments he made about jiu-jitsu and the Gracie family in the past.
“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 said. “He stood up and started yelling, so I also raised the tone of my voice and told him I didn’t like it.”
“He said he always gave my family credit, but I know it’s not true,” Gracie continued. “He always talks trash about my family. Enough with this s—. He said he never talked bad about my family and he always gave us credit. He kept raising the tone of his voice, and I told him to shut up, so Jean Jacques (Machado) came in, said we didn’t need this and asked (Bravo) to leave.”
Royce Gracie hasn’t competed in a grappling match since a controversial loss to Hidehiko Yoshida at PRIDE in 2002, and he won’t consider competing against Eddie Bravo in a future edition of Metamoris. However, he wouldn’t rule out a MMA fight with Bravo.
“Can we slap each other? Can we beat each other?” Gracie replied a laugh when asked if he’d accept to fight Bravo at Metamoris.
“I’m a vale-tudo fighter. I’m not a fighter to score points of fight with time limit. Let’s (fight) with no time limit and with punches allowed. I’m a vale-tudo fighter, I don’t compete in (grappling) tournaments.”