The Pros and Cons of Having Royce Gracie Fight for the UFC in Brazil This Summer

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The Pros and Cons of Having Royce Gracie Fight for the UFC in Brazil This Summer

Reports have been swirling online that UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie has announced he would like to make his return to the Octagon this summer, appropriately scheduled for UFC Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Rumors have suggested such things as a bout against former UFC 1 opponent Art Jimmerson, as well as an invitational matchup requested by fellow UFC Hall of Famer Dan "The Beast" Severn or possibly a rematch with former UFC Welterweight champion Matt Hughes. 

However, nothing has been confirmed by either UFC president Dana White or UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. The 44-year-old Gracie told HD Net's Inside MMA he would meet with the UFC boss this week to discuss his return. 

While some fans feel happy about Gracie's recent announcement, others feel that the potential comeback, only for a one-night appearance, would be risky on the Brazilian's part and he would have much more to lose than he would have to gain. 

In this slideshow, we'll take a look at the pros and cons of Gracie's return to the Octagon and how it could affect his legacy in the sport of mixed martial arts. 

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