It would be a fair statement that there is no name more synonymous with mixed martial arts than Royce Gracie, and no family with the impact on the sport than the Gracie family. The Gracie family created Brazilian jiu-jitsu, were integral in starting the competition among different forms of self-defense now known as mixed martial arts, and Royce fought in all of the early major UFC events. The Gracie’s continues to introduce fighters to the sport, now including a 4th generation member of the family, Neiman Gracie who is fighting in Bellator.
Well, who better to conduct this interview with me than fan favorite Jim West? We get into Royce’s thoughts on watching the sport evolve, and it’s deep history including a challenge to Royce from kickboxer Benny “The Jet” Urquidez that never went down. We also hear about Royce’s attendance at SHOT Show in recent years with the company Pack’n Heat Products. Gracie currently does a lot of events which you can keep up to date with at RoyceGracie.com.
In addition to that, we discuss the re-brand of SOFREP over to NEWSREP. Jim is working on a new book, and also still selling his signature weapons over at his website American Extension Fighting. These weapons include The Talon, and on that note, we have a great video up on Instagram of Jim demonstrating what it can do. We hope that you enjoy, and as always, please leave a review at Apple Podcasts. We want to continue to raise our visibility and bring on A-list guests like Royce Gracie along with our kick-ass staff of writers at NEWSREP.