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Philosophy and fear: the wisdom of Renzo Gracie

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Renzo Gracie, member of the vaunted Gracie family and Matt Hughes' opponent at UFC 112 on Saturday, is nothing if not outspoken. Between his Twitter, interviews, and the fight club Q and A that we've written about in the past few days, Gracie isn't shy about sharing pearls of wisdom.

"I believe in myself over everyone else. There's nothing that walks on two legs that I'm afraid of." — Countdown to UFC 112.

"When you win, it’s easy to forget all the hardship that you went through to get the win. You get so excited with the victory and the people around you congratulating you and hugging you, you completely forget all the mistakes you made in that fight. But when you lose, you know them, and you will never forget them." — Interview with UFC.com

"There's more philosophy in jiu-jitsu mats than in any Ivy League school in America." — Twitter

"The easiest thing to sell in life is jiu-jitsu and UFC." — Fanhouse interview

Not only does he come out with those great nuggets, he likes to share quotes from other people. This quote from German writer Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe seems particularly appropriate:

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This bout with Hughes gives Gracie a moment like few others. We'll see tomorrow if he can seize it.

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