Though it's been over two years since his last Octagon appearance, Renzo Gracie plans to make his UFC return by year's end.
Gracie confirmed news of his return to CageReligion.com on Wednesday. When asked of a possible time frame, the legendary Brazilian simply stated, "I want to do it towards the end of the year."
Gracie's deal with the UFC is for a reported six fights, leaving the 20-year veteran with five fights left on his contract. At 45-years of age, Gracie last competed at 2010's UFC 112 where he suffered a third round technical knockout at the hands of UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes.
Prior to the defeat, the submission legend strung together three consecutive victories over Pat Miletich, Carlos Newton and Frank Shamrock under the EliteXC and IFL banners.
The Carlos Gracie Jr. black belt currently runs the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City and helps train a number of notable fighters, including Matt Serra, Georges St-Pierre, Frankie Edgar and Chris Weidman.
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Written by Matt Manzella
Matt Manzella is the founder and managing editor of CageReligion.com, as well as ProGuitarNews.com. He also serves as a professional play-by-play commentator and MMA judge in the state of Michigan.
Matt Manzella is the managing editor for CageReligion.com and host of Cage Religion Radio. Matt has been working in the television broadcasting industry for over seven years and is also a play-by-play commentator and judge for the Impact Fight League and Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting.
Phil Lanni is the co-host of Cage Religion Radio. Phil wrestled three years in the NCWA at Grand Valley State University -- a team that won nationals all three years. As an individual, Phil is a three-time national qualifier and was ranked seventh in the nation at 184-pounds to earn All-American status. Phil also serves as a color commentator and judge for the Impact Fight League.