Just like the Kimbo fight, when we released the details of the Gracie fight, several haters came out of the woodwork to post their negativity, casting their self-righteous judgement. This behavior is nothing short of disrespectful.
I learned a new term recently—TROLL. I found out that a troll is a hater who sows discord by starting arguments or upsetting people by posting inflammatory, unnecessary, or off-topic messages on the internet. Trolls have eaten into the fabric of respect woven deeply into the world of martial arts.
In martial arts, respect plays a crucial role. Respect is paramount. Without it there is no honor or integrity. On the internet, few are held accountable for their words. Trolls run around online gaining attention through their disrespect opposed to giving respect. This type of disrespect would never be tolerated in a gym, dojo, in the cage, or on the streets. These key board warriors would be put in their place fast.
It’s encouraging to see real fans of MMA (those who understand the roots of this sport) who set trolls straight online when they post ignorant or stupid comments. The courage of these fans does not surprise me in the slightest, and I appreciate their willingness to bring correction to these guys to help preserve honor where it is due.
Some people are focused on age and want to make a big deal about it. Yes, our combined ages will be 101 years. Isn’t that incredible that we are still in shape to be able to compete at this level? How many people can actually do this? We will have to pass the same physical and testing as any other fighter. Gracie and I are UFC Hall of Famers and the very first tournament and Superfight champions in the history of MMA who have helped get this sport to where it is today--and to be able to still compete is extraordinary and should not be hated but be appreciated.
I have earned the right to continue to fight.
- Elected UFC Hall Of Fame - 2003
- Four Time UFC Heavyweight Champion
- First UFC Superfight Heavyweight Champion
- First Pancrase Heavyweight World Champion- WWF Intercontinental Champion
- WWF World Tag Team Champion
- Four Time Tough Man Champion
- First-ever TNA World Heavyweight Champion
- King of the Ring Champion
- Pride Superfight Champion
MMA fans love to watch their favorite fighters fight, including fighters from their era of watching this great sport evolve. It brings back great memories. Fans want to see legends battle it out. If the fighters are healthy and enjoy doing it then they should do so.
Should I stop doing what I love to do just because some say that I am too old to compete? I thought we got past all of this years ago (i.e. women rights, race equality, religious freedom). THERE IS NO ROOM FOR AGE DISCRIMINATION! Period. It has to be stopped dead in its tracks. These people should be called out every time. They are wrong to discriminate.
To my fans new and old, THANK YOU. It’s because of you that I have decided to round out my career with the likes of Royce Gracie. Continue to stay loyal and be ever respectful of martial arts and people in general.