Mixed martial arts legend Bruce Lee “would have loved” to team up with UFC icon Royce Gracie, the Hollywood icon’s daughter has revealed.
The silver screen star, who passed away aged 32 in 1973, was revered for bringing karate and other combat sports to the big screen.
It has even see him earn admiration from Mike Tyson, the youngest-ever heavyweight champion, for his mentality.
But a conversation with Lee’s daughter Shannon in new book To The Top: Enter the Octagon, The Ring and Entertainment has revealed that he would have considered stepping into the Octagon against Gracie, who is in the UFC Hall of Fame after winning the first two events.
Author Fiaz Rafiq asks: “Can you compare someone like Royce Gracie of a diminutive stature he wasn’t big, but he beat bigger heavier opponents.
“He's the most influential UFC champion in UFC history, and became the baddest man on the planet.
“Even Mike Tyson openly admitted had he competed in bare-knuckle earlier UFCs against Royce theres no way he could've beaten Royce.
“Your father was 5 ft 7 in, 135 pounds. Do you think your father would’ve embraced the Gracies. I once asked your father’s student Pat Strong and he said Bruce would’ve become best friends with the Gracies.
“Royce is unimposing and your father wasn’t a large guy. What are your views?”
And Lee’s daughter replied: “Wonderful. Yeah. I mean, I don’t know Royce Gracie from a personality standpoint, but this is what I can tell you: my father loved martial arts and martial artists.
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“It was his passion. He loved to see people, talk to people, to train with people who had skill, and Royce Gracie certainly has that.
“I think my father would’ve loved to have interchanges with him and worked out together and they would’ve learned from one another I’m sure.
“Because he was interested in combat, he wanted to know everything. He was on a journey in search to be the most well-rounded, best fighter that he could be.
“Royce Gracie, I’m sure, and my father would’ve loved to exchange information and work out together. That is something my father loved.
“So many of his friends were fighters of some sort, like Joey Orbillo, who was a professional boxer who is a dear friend of our family and he knew my father.
“The two of them hung out one night in a parking lot and talked and exchanged ideas and shadowboxed for hours.
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“I feel Royce Gracie and my father would’ve had a lot of amazing exchanges if they had the opportunity.”
To The Top: Enter the Octagon, The Ring and Entertainment (Pitch) is available in bookstores in hardback and Amazon link here from May 10.
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