Roger Gracie's Father Mauricio Gomes Will Compete Again After 20 Years Away

For the first time in 20 years, Mauricio Gomes will step back onto the mat to take part in a jiu-jitsu competition. 

The eighth-degree red and white belt will compete at the 2018 IBJJF World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Las Vegas, a tournament only for competitors over the age of 30. 

The event, which takes place August 22-25, is streaming live in its entirety, exclusively on FloGrappling.

Gomes has not competed since 1998 when he took part in a tournament in Hawaii. In an interview with Jiu-Jitsu Style, he explains his reasons for wanting to make a “comeback.”

“It’s one last deep breath before the final push! I’ve been working out. I lost the weight I needed to throughout these months I’ve been training a little bit more. 

"It’s just one of these things where you want to have another go. And I want to have another go. It’s been exactly 20 years since I last did it, and I want that adrenaline kicking in.”

Gomes is the father of Roger Gracie and is a lifelong practitioner of jiu-jitsu. An original student of the late Rolls Gracie, Gomes was instrumental in the development of jiu-jitsu in the United Kingdom, where his son lives. 

Last year, he attended the IBJJF World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship to teach a seminar and to receive his eighth-degree red and white belt.

“It was really cool to be there last year doing the seminar with Renzo and getting my belt and that. It’s a bunch of people we’ve known my entire life. Some of them are friends and I just want to feel part of that. 

“I’m not going to do it again next year—it’s just a one-time go. I don’t care about the results. I don’t have anything to prove to anybody. I just want to have fun.

“I’ll try not to, but I’ll be nervous because all my friends and a lot of people I know will be there. You don’t want to do badly, but hopefully I won’t. It doesn’t really matter anyway. Let’s see how my jiu-jitsu goes in a competition. It’ll be nice to see, nice to have that feel and to see what I can do.”

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