Bloody Elbow has an interview with Dana White that covers everything from the shakeup of the UFC: Macau card with Tyron Woodley filling in for an injured Hector Lombard against Dong Hyun-Kim to the UFC’s expansion into the Philippines.
One of the more interesting notes is that White and UFC don’t have an issue with recently retired Chael Sonnen headlining a submission grappling match against Andre Galvao at Metamoris 4 in August. In fact, White goes on to say that, just like Invicta FC, Metamoris is just the type of combat sports content that the UFC would like to see become an addition to its subscription-only network, UFC: Fightpass.
In March, Metamoris 3 saw Eddie Bravo and Royler Gracie grapple to a draw in a rematch of their 2003 Abu Dhabi match, where Bravo triangle choked Gracie. After the draw, which most fight pundits actually scored for Eddie Bravo, UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie confronted an exhausted Bravo backstage. Royce Gracie felt compelled to approach Bravo as Bravo was in mid-vomit and harangue Bravo as Jean Jacques Machado rushed to intervene and keep both parties at bay.
Later, Royce Gracie not only confirmed the incident took place, but clarified why he took the opportunity to admonish Bravo. “My issue with him is simple. I don’t like because he endorses. It’s nothing to do with jiu jitsu he uses, gi no gi, it’s because of what he endorses. We teach kids. His message out there is ‘it’s ok for you to do drugs’.” Gracie later explained to Submission Radio.
Gracie, in addition to being an MMA legend and UFC hall of famer hasn’t fought an MMA match since his win over Kazushi Sakuraba in 2007. After the Sakuraba win, Gracie’s license to fight was suspended by the Nevada state Athletic Commission when it was revealed that Gracie had used an anabolic steroid Nandrolone during his win over Sakuraba.
No word on whether Chael Sonnen can expect the same hypocritical finger-wagging from Royce Gracie in a post-fight reprimand should the match between Sonnen and Galavo come to fruition, and no word on whether or not Sonnen will continue his TRT use going into the matchup.