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Legendary Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Champ Royce Gracie cousin Renzo to fight Shamrock on Showtime Feb 10.

02-02-2007 02:06 PM CET | Sports

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Royce Gracie Organization is excited that cousin Renzo is putting the family art, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, to the test against opponent Frank Shamrock on the new Showtime venue. Shamrock says “I will fight every Gracie on the same night.”

Showtime, in an effort to keep up with what is popular, has developed a mixed martial arts showcase of its own, which shows much promise. Renzo Gracie, an amazingly talented fighter, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, is set to take on wrestler Frank Shamrock. It's not likely that Shamrock will get his wish to fight every Gracie, let alone in one night. There are just too many excellent fighters in the Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Family. Royce Gracie along with his New England representative Jim Hughes back Renzo with full confidence: “It will really be a superb display of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu's effectiveness,” says Jim Hughes. “Our students are excited, they are coming from all over Connecticut and Massachusetts including our satellite schools of Boston, New Haven, Norwich, Storrs, Southington, Glastonbury, Danbury, and Agawam MA to watch it. Some will travel as much as two hours just to meet up, socialize, and see what Showtime is putting together.” Perry Siegel of and an expert in personal health and fitness says, “From what I could tell in the televised interview, Renzo appears to be really getting ready. I am sure he is preparing diligently with his weight training, diet, cardio, and his proficiency in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Shamrock appears in good shape as well. Renzo is pushing 40, you have to admire him for getting in there, still, I believe Renzo will prevail.”
Frank Shamrock is determined to win. He believes the Gracie family disgraced the Shamrock family when Royce defeated Frank's older brother Ken in the first UFC. “Sales of Gracie Family instruction tapes skyrocketed after the first UFC, no doubt, the Shamrock clan has the complete collection and has wore them out twice” says Mr. Hughes. This determination does not scare die-hard Gracie fans such as Jay Bell from Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Boston. “Renzo is a top fighter and I fully expect him to submit Shamrock in the first round”! Jay's friend, training partner, and fellow Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach Brad Wolfson disagrees “I think it will be in the beginning of the second round”. Bruno “the Brunami” Lichtenstein of is excited to see whether or not Renzo will go for Bruno's favorite submission, The Bear Naked choke. Apparently, that is some move that Mr. Lichtenstein made up and claims it is his original contribution to the sport. In the end Showtime is doing every mixed martial arts fan a favor by giving us more of what we want to see. Jim Hughes of Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu New England is just happy that Jiu-Jitsu will get more attention. “Jiu-Jitsu and MMA will come out on top no matter who wins the fight, and I am happy to be a witness to the furthering of this wonderful art and I am grateful for Showtime's effort.”

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