Renzo Promises Vengeance: ‘Sakuraba is a Great Guy but I Will Break His Arm as Pay Back’

Renzo Promises Vengeance: ‘Sakuraba is a Great Guy but I Will Break His Arm as Pay Back’



With the buzz surrounding the Renzo Gracie vs Kazushi Sakuraba Metamoris match on November 22, Renzo Gracie had some tough words  about the Japanese star during The MMA Hour, hosted by Ariel Helwani.

Sakuraba has already beaten UFC legend Royce, younger brother Royler, and Renzo. Sakuraba, in turn, acquired the nickname “The Gracie Hunter.”


“Everything is going great and I’m ready to kick some butt. And soon, believe it, after Sakuraba, I’m coming for UFC. I am serious as hell, my friend, believe it.”
“I got a phone call from my cousin Ralek. He said: ‘Sakuraba may be signing with us, are you interested in fighting him?’ I said, ‘sign me up.’ The day that I got that call, I started training.”

Renzo promises to exact vengeance on the man who caused him a broken arm during their first encounter at PRIDE FC 10 in August 2000.

“He’s a gentleman, he’s a great guy,” Gracie continued. “But if I can, I will choke him or break his arm to pay back what he did to mine (laughs).”


In another statement, Renzo Gracie also talked about how Pride promoters may have drugged him before his Pride fight vs Sanae Kikuta in 1998:


“I don’t sleep. I can sleep two hours and a half and I can work, I can think, I can read, I can do whatever I want. I feel 100 percent if I can sleep two hours and a half. If I sleep four hours, I think I overslept. And that day, I slept 18 hours straight,” Gracie said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “And I remember people knocking at the door and I woke up, but I couldn’t move out of my bed. And I never had a sleep like this in my whole life.”


According to the MMA veteran, promoters offered him water leading up to the fight, and they had put something in it:


“But it may have helped, because I was feeling great the next day,” he continued. “I mentioned that (to the promoters), but they said ‘no, impossible.’ But they could do whatever they want. Japan, back then, was like this. There was the Rings organization, and the guy who owned Rings would get up and say ‘no, this guy won.’ He would look, scream in Japanese, point his finger, and whoever he points (his finger to) is the winner. This was the foundation of what we have today.”


The trailer for the upcoming rematch between Renzo Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba at Metamoris 5: