Abu Dhabi a "Second Home" for Renzo


by Greg Savage [February 16, 2010] --

Renzo Gracie is preparing to take on Matt Hughes at UFC 112 on April 10 in Abu Dhabi. The jiu-jitsu legend will be returning to the arena for the first time in over two years and he will do so against a tough opponent in the former welterweight champion.

Gracie, however, will have the advantage of fighting in his “second home.” He has traveled regularly to the city since he began instructing Sheik Tahnoon -- the man primarily responsible bringing the UFC to the Middle East. A member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, Tahnoon, a Renzo black belt, was instrumental in brokering the deal between Flash Entertainment -- a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi government -- and the UFC that netted the Emirate a 10-percent stake in the world’s top MMA promotion.

In this video, Gracie discusses his personal relationship with the Sheik and the UFC 112 host city. Check it out, only at Sherdog.com.


Original Article - http://sherdogblog.craveonline.com/blog/2010-02-16#22680