Professional fighter gets royal treatment as prince's trainer

In the MMA world, the "Gracie" name is considered fighting royalty. So it's only appropriate that when the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emerates wanted to learn the art of jiu-jitsu, he turned to Renzo Gracie for training. Ryan Hockensmith writes how Gracie manages to balance life as a fighter, a coach, and a trainer to a prince.

Originally Published: September 27, 2007
By Ryan Hockensmith | ESPN The Magazine

The Crown Prince raises his hand, and the 10 or so Arabic-speaking men in suits hush.

"English only, please," the prince says under the Moroccan sun. "I want my friend to understand everything that's going on."

With that, all the millionaire men in the room turn and look at a scruffy, 168-pound Brazilian guy in a T-shirt and shorts. From that point on, the rest of the meeting was in English. That's the power of Renzo Gracie.

Several times per year -- including five times ...

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