Over the weekend rumors started circling Ralph Gracie was in a vicious altercation at Nogi worlds.
That’s not crazy, that’s Gracie way. Lot of people never even noticed that Gracie family are hot temper and exclamative/reactive behaviors. I remember when Royce Gracie lost his fight with Hidehiko Yoshida in one of the PrideFC, the whole Gracie team jumped in the ring and created a heavy turmoil with Royler raising his hands like he was ready to start an altercation with anyone.
I also remember when Royce won his UFC fight vs Kimo, right after his victory, his team jumped in the octadon and I remember seeing Helio, YES Helio yelling words to Kimo,s staff. Luckily nobody cared on Kimo’s team. Let alone Renzo and his altercation out of a nightclub (‘cant remember the whole story).
And I havent mention other family members who were involve in a couple regular life troubles.
But what exactly happened?
Here’s how Dan Lukehart explained it:
Gracie Barra’s Marcio Feitosa responded on instagram . Feitosa said that the Police are involved and are investigating:
“Thank you for your concern. As you may know, while coaching at the World No-Gi Championships, Flavio was viciously attacked by Ralph Gracie and one of Ralph’s students. The attack was completely by surprise, was unprovoked and did not allow Flavio a chance to protect himself. It was clear that the attack was meant to hurt Flavio personally, and also to intimidate Gracie Barra. The police are involved and are investigating. Flavio’s doctors have advised him to take time to rest with this family and recover from his injuries under their care, and to resume work when he is able. We very much appreciate your concern. We will address this situation further when the time is right.”
To which Flavio Almeida’s older brother, Ricardo Almeida made his own statement on instagram. This is quite interesting since Ricardo Almeida is a student of Renzo Gracie, who is Ralph Gracie’s older brother. Ricardo Almeida is so attached to his master that he named his own son Renzo..
Word is that the attack was due to a territorial conflict for academies between Ralph Gracie and Gracie Barra over the San Francisco area.
This is not the first time that Ralph Gracie attacked somebody at a BJJ tournament. He famously attacked MMA fighter Bobby Southworth in 2002 in California while Southworth was on crutches.
Almeida said that he felt betrayed:
Once in a lifetime something happens that make you question the very foundation of what you believe in … I feel confused, betrayed and powerless. Thanks to everyone who reached out asking about my brother Flavio, he is recovering under medical care. …………..
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