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Royce Gracie Talks UFCs Anderson Silva, Actor Ed O’Neill

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Mixed martial arts legend, Royce Gracie, sat down with FOX 11's James Koh to discuss a wide variety of topics including his thoughts on Anderson Silva's upcoming bout versus Chris Weidman.

Gracie also discusses his relationship with television sit-com star Ed O'Neill who served as a color commentator for his nephew, Ralek's, pay-per-view jiu-jitsu tournament, Metamoris II.

"I would put my money on Anderson Silva," Gracie said of the UFC middleweight champion's next fight.  "Anderson Silva is very good at putting his strategy out on the table, at putting the opponent out of his game.  He makes it look easy, but it's not easy. He's got a very good notion of distance, so I bet Anderson Silva can probably knock him out."

"Not because he's Brazilian!" Gracie joked. "But because I think he's a much better stand-up fighter and it's very hard to get in a clinch with him.  Very hard to take him down and I don't know if Chris will be able to take him down and exchange firepower with him standing up."

Like millions around the world, Gracie considers himself an Anderson Silva fan, but also cited Georges St. Pierre and Nate Diaz as his favorite fighters inside the cage.

"Nate, Nick, that whole camp over there, reminds me a lot of my family," Gracie said.  "They're tough, they don't choose their opponents, whoever you put in front of them, they're not going to walk away."

"Sometimes they have a little bit too much attitude, but I think they're misunderstood," Gracie said.  "But that's good!  You have to have that kind of attitude. People want to be friends before the fight, there's no friendship.  I'm going to be friends with a guy that's trying to beat me up?  They have that attitude of, whoever is fighting them is their enemy.  I like that."

Saying that mentality was similar to his own back when he was competing, Gracie recounts an intense moment at an elevator he had with his brothers.

"Yes, my family had that attitude," Gracie said.  "One time we're in an elevator, there's two or three of us, and the opponent I'm fighting in two days is trying to get in, my brothers would say, ‘Excuse me, this elevator's full, wait for the next one,' After the fight we can hang out, we can be friends."

Regarding Ed O'Neill, the actor who was first famous for his Al Bundy character and more recently found stardom again as Jay Pritchett on the sit-com Modern Family, Gracie said his decades-long history with O'Neill has been great.

O'Neill received his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt from Royce's brother Rorion Gracie back in 2007.

"He choked me out many times, I don't know how much I like him!"  Gracie joked.  "He's been training for 20 years.  He's good, he's good.  He's trained with my father, something that's very rare."

When asked about Shinya Aoki, one of the headliners for Metamoris II, Gracie called the Japanese star "very mean."

"He gets the arm locks, people give up and he continues on breaking the arm," Gracie said.

Aoki, who competed against Royce's nephew, Kron Gracie at the Metamoris event, was submitted via an arm-in guillotine.

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