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  • Alright, So let's talk about Japan and the pride fighting champions.

  • I went twice to Japan toe watch a private fighting championships.

  • I think I went for the Chuck Liddell rampage fight.

  • And that's why it was a beautiful.

  • When I was there, I was there.

  • You were there.

  • Okay, I was there.

  • I flew over there.

  • I mean, nobody was speaking English like I only knew about it cause I was getting the video tapes.

  • I mean on.

  • But I went back again when Moorilla Bustamonte.

  • She fought Dan Henderson on the Bushido card.

  • But you went over there early.

  • You had a first of all.

  • What was it like fighting in Japan?

  • For people that don't know, pride was massive than it was bigger than the UFC.

  • It was better than the UFC.

  • Let's be honest.

  • The production values crazy 100,000 fans, great fighters, Miracle Cro cop fed or, you know, soccer, Rob A.

  • The Graces were in there, you know, Rampage.

  • I mean, amazing.

  • Those fights classics at some great person.

  • I was in Japan 52 times, 52 times 52 times and every single time was an unbelievable experience.

  • First because I was educated.

  • Uh, I was educated by my family with the concept off the beauty and the strength off the Japanese people, you know, And And my dream was always to one day fight there to bring back the amazing art that they brought to us in Brazil.

  • My family was able to adapt and improve and make it so efficient.

  • So even Japan had forgot a little bit off their art that they taught us, you know, and my family gave continuity and we were able to bring them back.

  • And you have the opportunity to do that.

  • The first event I did there that I thought was pride one and it waas 75,000 people in the arena, you know, 77 72,000 people in the arena.

  • Hoy's fought on the talk talk on the Taco Stadium, which is our open stadium for baseball.

  • Ah, 110,000 people.

  • So if I show there had less, the 35 40,000 was considered a failure.

  • You know, every show was a packed house every end of the year.

  • They had a show and it was amazing.

  • The quality of fighters that they brought, They brought the guys from Harland.

  • They guys from from K one back then that the world champions in striking giants.

  • You know, they had people there.

  • There was was the best fights I have ever seen my life.

  • They had won the silver vehicle.

  • Belfour say Carrabba.

  • You know, it was unbelievable when everything and every time I was there, I made friends for you to have an idea.

  • Recently, I went there to promote an event that they were having their having the one event in Japan, and I went there to promote, to help promote the event.

  • And when I when it was my time to leave the hotel, I come down with my luggage as I get to my driver.

  • There's a line off Japanese people like at least 20 people standing.

  • Yeah, and then I look, when I get outside, they all bow their heads and half of them are crying when I'm leaving when I'm leaving, you know, like I couldn't believe, you know, it was one of the best sights I have ever had in my life.

  • You know, I had experienced there that I cannot even explain how well organized they are and they became so popular for which you have an idea.

  • Before I get my American citizenship, I had the Brazilian passport, so I was I was running from one side to the other.

  • I had the stamp, the visa, and I believe the visa would last two or three weeks for Brazilians back then.

  • I don't know if I recorded right, if I remember.

  • Right, So So I go in, I go there, I bring the fighters there.

  • Then I have to come toe United States should do something else and I'm doing.

  • And in my head I thought the visa was still valid.

  • So I go to the airport.

  • I know everybody at the airport.

  • They don't check to see the bait off expire.

  • My visa.

  • They brought me on the plane.

  • I get there when I get there.

  • The officer look and say your visa's expired.

  • Sir.

  • I say, impossible.

  • I just got it.

  • It's It's up to date because No, no, no, it's not.

  • It's expired.

  • So he showed me was expired by two days.

  • One or two days I go.

  • I can't believe I'm gonna have to jump in a plane.

  • Now.

  • Go to the conflict.

  • It takes two days from Brazil to get a visa back and to come back.

  • I'm gonna miss to make it back here.

  • I'm gonna miss the fight by 12 hours.

  • If I do everything perfect, I still gonna be late.

  • 12 hours and I have to be.

  • The quarter was my brother fight.

  • And I said, I can't believe it already picturing the whole situation that I would have to go through the officer left, say, one second he left, he went inside, comes back like, five minutes later, said Mr Gracie, I spoke to my manager and he just asked me to tell you that we admire Loreal work.

  • We're very proud for what you do for Japan.

  • And you are exception.

  • You are welcome.

  • Here you are.

  • You are welcome here with a visa or with Donna Visa.

  • Welcome to Japan.

  • Boom.

  • And he stamped my passport.

  • So I have this passport.

  • Save it here with the authorization to walk in with the expired visa.

  • You know, I still have the passport.

  • My, my my wife, while one stop my wife Uh huh.

Alright, So let's talk about Japan and the pride fighting champions.

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UNBELIEVABLE JAPAN ??: What It Was Like Fighting In Japan & Being A Part of Pride - Renzo Gracie

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/15
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