Neiman Gracie Hopes To Show He's More Than His Last Name
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.10.2013
He makes his debut this Saturday...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Neiman Gracie (0-0) said he hoped to step out of the shadow of his last name at World Series of Fighting 5 on Saturday, when he makes his MMA deut against Darren Costa (0-1). He is one of three Gracie members fighting on the show, including Gregor (7-3) and Rolles (8-1).
On family pressure: "I'm used to it already. I've been competing since I was 10 years old, and I'm used to the pressure. You've just got to not think about it too much – that's the key. I just want to get in there, fight, do my job and finish the guy."
On displaying his skills: "I'm not going to promise anything. I'll let my actions talk. But I think I'm ready to fight anywhere the fight goes. I'm ready to show every aspect of MMA, and I hope I can do that on Saturday. I didn't fight as an amateur – I'm going straight to the pros, and let's see what will happen. I'm ready – that's all I can say."
On what being a Gracie means: "(Being a Gracie) gives you something. My uncles fought before me, my father fought before me, my grandpa. So if you have your father, your uncles, your grandfather, your great-grandfather fighting before you, of course that helps you a little to get a good contract. But it doesn't help when it's time to fight. You've got to be ready. Last names don't win fights."