Global Training Report
Comment by Rickson Gracie
February 8, 2001
Translated by Roberto Pedreira
Question: What was your impression of
Royler: He was a difficult opponent, but I knew he
Question: In the 2nd round Murahama caught you with a
right punch. What effect did it have?
Royler: It didn't have any effect.
Question: It seemed that you had many chances to
Royler: The chances were many but the conditions were
Question: Was that because Murahama's defense was
Royler: His defense was good, but it was what I
didn't do more than what he did do [that saved him].
Question: What do you mean?
Royler: I'll have to think about that. [It's a long
Question: One round was 10 minutes. Would a 15 minute
round have been enough to finish him?
Royler: I don't think it's a question of 15 minutes,
or 30 minutes. I don't care about time.
Question: Murahama said that if the fight had to be
decided by a judge's decision, then he would consider himself the loser
[in other words, if he couldn't KO Royler]. What do you think about
Royler: I don't think I lost and I don't think
Murahama lost. Technically, it was 50-50.
Question: Before the fight, people said that you
would easily win overwhelmingly. But the actual result was a draw. What
do you think about that?
Royler: Everyone thinks that we who have the Gracie
name will win every time, but we don't assume that our name alone is
enough to beat every opponent.
Question: This was Murahama's first vale tudo fight [
"VT ga hajimete no green boy...."] .
But you couldn't beat him. Why was that?
Royler: It may have been his first vale tudo fight,
but he has had a lot of fights [Murahama is a former kickboxing
champion]. So he can't say it was a lack of experience. His stand-up
game was strong, but his ground game was lacking. I think.
Question (to Rickson): What
did you think about the fight today?
Rickson: I think it was a very
good fight. On stand-up, Murahama was better, while on the ground Royler
was better. Royler had a lot of chances, but the time ran out. When time
is gone, it can't return. Once the opportunity is missed, that's it.
Question: Murahama said that he thought he would be
able to land more punches, but Royler kept his distance well. Did you
specifically practice this for the fight?
Royler: Just a little bit. I trained with my coach
for about ten days [the sentence does not mention when], but it wasn't
specifically for the Murahama fight..
Question: In round 2 you were in Murahama's guard,
but we couldn't see any attempt on your part to pass.......
Royler: The timing wasn't right.
Question: Would you like to fight Murahama again?
Royler: It was a good fight. If I have a chance to do
it again, I think I'd like to. But it isn't up to me to pick my
Question: Was your condition good?
Royler: Very good. The dry Japanese air didn't
quite suit me, but anyway, there's one last thing I want to say. I was
happy to be able to come to Japan. It's not
easy to fight here. So I really appreciate DEEP 2001.
(c) 2001, Roberto
Pedreira. All rights reserved.
**Royler appears in Gracie
in Action , accepting a challenge from a kenpo expert. Rorion's
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