I love making GIFs and I recall seeing the awesome Renzo Gracie in the audience of an UFC but didn't recall which one. He was having loads of fun when he realized he was on camera. I wanted to make some GIFs of him, but didn't have time when that specific UFC aired. I usually make GIFs of a TV/Movies action scene or make GIFs of MMA/Boxing fight highlights or to isolate for a technique for analysis. Rarely do I get a chance to make Fun GIFs.
A few months ago, I had a lightbulb moment at seeing how active Renzo was on Twitter. I tweeted him the question of which UFC he was at. I wasn't even sure that he would even remember given it was a few years ago. In full disclosure, I've also tweeted a famous boxer and a famous MMAist with no replies in the past, so not knowing what to expect since he was "famous". I'm nobody and he didn't know me from a hole in the wall, so I thought it was worth a shot. I was pleasantly surprised when he tweeted back fairly rapidly that he thought it was UFC 111.
Fast forward to March 11, Renzo's 47th birthday ... I posted the following entry reluctantly, (yep! you guessed it, I didn't have time to make the GIFs in time) to celebrate his birthday:
Thinking I would wait for next year to post the GIFs on his birthday, I scheduled the post for Mar 11, 2015.
Fast forward to last week Tuesday, July 15, 2013, Renzo Gracie tweeted an amazing and heartwarming story which I've reposted as:
So fairly close on the tail of that post, I humbly present to you my 7 animated GIF's of the great Renzo Gracie in the audience of UFC 111. The camera caught him during the break between Rounds 2 and 3 of the Georges St. Pierre X Dan Hardy fight.
This one is a combo of GIF's of the above 2:
Hamming it up! Knowing not to take himself too seriously!!
All Champions have this Innate Happiness and it shows in their Smiles! Look at Renzo's Smile!!
Here's the full GIF:
For other Renzo Gracie posts:
- Fearless" - a poem by Renzo Gracie
- THE WISDOM OF ... Renzo Gracie
- Happy 47th Birthday Renzo Gracie!!
For further info on the great Renzo Gracie:
- Official Site - Renzo Gracie
- Official Twitter - Renzo Gracie
- Underground Fight Profile of Renzo Gracie
- Wiki - Renzo Gracie