ONE: At 51 years old, martial arts legend Renzo Gracie believes he's at his best

Santino Honasan on Jul 25, 2018 02:45 PM
ONE: At 51 years old, Renzo Gracie believes he's at his best
“I believe that I’m better now than I was when I was 25.”

Martial arts legend Renzo Gracie is set to make his return to MMA on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena when he takes on fellow veteran Yuki Kondo at ONE Championship: Reign of Kings.

At 51 years old, many would argue that Gracie is way past his prime, but the sixth-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt believes that age is really just what you make of it.

“The funny thing is, if you believe you are old at 30, or if you believe that you are very young at 30, both ways, you are right. So you are what you believe.” Gracie said during the Reign of Kings Press Launch, Tuesday afternoon at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom.

Eight years removed from his last professional MMA bout, Gracie believes that he’s even in better shape now than he was during his supposed peak years.

“I believe that I’m better now than I was when I was 25.”

Gracie then shared an interesting outlook on being considered as ‘over the hill’ so to say.

“Most people say, ‘You know, you’re getting over the hill,’ What they don’t understand is that climbing the hill is the tough part. You have no view, you’re just pushing yourself up. When you get to what they call ‘over the hill’, that’s where you pick up the speed, and the view, it’s wonderful.”

Truth be told, Gracie didn’t need to come back. It’s not as if he needed to fight.

For the MMA legend, it’s about loving the fight, and wanting to be part of something as big as ONE Championship.

“I’m at the best time of my life, I have everything, I didn’t need to be here, but how could I miss the opportunity to be part of something as great as this amazing sport? I had to embrace this, I had to push myself, I had to be in shape. “

“I honestly believe that I’m in my best right now. Mentally, the way that I prepared was very smart, I was completely injury-free, I’m feeling like a check for a million dollars that didn’t bounce.” Gracie added.

 

Renzo Gracie takes on Yuki Kondo in a legend-versus-legend fight at ONE Championship: Reign of Kings on Friday, July 27th at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! 

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