MMA fighters are coming out of all corners of the Earth. That said it's still a relatively small community. Imagine how small it was back in 2002? Renzo Gracie remembers. He told the crowd attending his Q & A in Charlotte that when he first came to the U.S. he knew every Brazilian black belt holder in the country.
Over the years, he's worked and rolled with countless numbers of fighters. Some were his friends and some may have been enemies. But that doesn't mean he rolled with everyone who asked. Matt Hughes asked back in 2002 and Gracie never gave him answer. Why? Gracie said he always had a feeling that he'd fight the UFC legend in the future.