Royce Gracie acknowledges that MMA has changed as a result of competitors like Conor McGregor, and he still looks forward to the Irishman’s return to the Octagon.
Although the acclaimed jiu-jitsu black belt was the first UFC champion, the sport has changed significantly since he took part in the event. He was successful in the UFC’s early tournaments because of his Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but to be successful now, a fighter must be skilled in striking, grappling, and wrestling. McGregor, who has elevated both his own brand and the sport to new heights, is one who has done it all while promoting himself to millions of followers.
“Conor McGregor can put up a show and he’s a very good fighter,” Gracie told Mirror Fighting “Sometimes he wins fast and sometimes he loses. People talk trash about him when he loses but hey, if you’ve never lost, you’ve never fought. “
“He’s always exciting to watch because you never know what’s going to happen, he comes to fight and every time he gets in, it’s a good fight. In the beginning it was a style against a style, today it’s not that anymore, it’s a fighter against a fighter and who has the best strategy, so anything can happen.”