The UFC debut of previously-unbeaten heavyweight Rolles Gracie on Saturday at UFC 109, a second-round TKO to late-replacement Joey Beltran, has been called one of the worst in recent memory, and was only magnified by his family’s legendary name.
“It was embarrassing. I can tell you he wasn’t in that bad of shape. Fact is the nerves drained him of his energy. His stand up and ground work looked bad, nothing at all like he was doing in training leading up to the fight and it was if he couldn’t hear what I was telling him. I think the pressure he put on himself overwhelmed him. He’ll learn and be back.”
“His performance was nowhere near what we expected and what he expected. He had a lot of injuries in training. He hurt his rib and that stopped him training for a while. But he was very excited to do it and he put a lot of pressure on himself. It wasn’t the best decision to fight.”
Pictured: Rolles Gracie