From mmayou.com http://www.mmayou.com/interviews/37-fighters/85-cesar-gracie -MMAYOU.com Cesar Gracie MMAYOU.com: Thank you Cesar for talking to us at MMAYOU.COM. MMAYOU.com: Would you like to rematch Frank Shamrock? If you did fight again, what would be your strategy? Cesar: I think every fighter would want to get another crack at a fight he lost. Get it to the ground and don't strike with a striker. MMAYOU.com: The Machado brothers were your BJJ teachers for a time. What influence did they have on your game? Cesar: The Machados lived at my house for some time. I actually started them in the US and learned some good fundamentals from them. Later I also trained at Rickson's and that helped to influence what I teach today. MMAYOU.com: If your student Jake Shields ends up fighting GSP, Matt Hughes, and BJ Penn one day, how do you see these fights going? Cesar: Jake Shields has the skills to defeat any welterweight in the world. Obviously styles make fights but I believe he matches up well with the 3 fighters mentioned. Hughes is past his prime and Jake is at his prime. I don't see Matt making it through the 2nd round without being overwhelmed and submitted. BJ Penn would have to defeat Jake in the first or he would gas and be submitted. I think BJ is the more gifted fighter but Jake's pressure game and cardio would be the deciding factor. ST. Pierre would pose the toughest challenge. He has quicker hands and is the more explosive wrestler. On the ground St Pierre would be outmatched by Shields. Remember St Pierre was submitted by a guy that Shields later submitted in the same tournament. This would be a great fight. MMAYOU.com: Who has had the biggest influence on you as a BJJ teacher and fighter? Cesar: Rolls Gracie was a childhood hero. Later, Renzo's positive attitude and toughness was an inspiration to me. MMAYOU.com: What strategy is needed to defeat Fedor? Cesar: Fedor could be defeated by a wrestler that can take him down and pound him while having the grappling skills to avoid submissions. Watch the fight against Arona for a game plan. MMAYOU.com: Many people in the Gracie family, such as yourself and Roger, take the Gracie last name although their fathers have different last names. Why is this? Cesar: In Brazil it's common to also use your mothers maiden name. My parents were separated shortly after I was born and I was raised exclusively by the Gracie side of my family so it was also natural for me to only go by the Gracie name. MMAYOU.com: Who are the top five all time no holds barred fighters in the Gracie family? Cesar: Carlson, Renzo, Carlos, Rickson, Royce. MMAYOU.com: Who was the creator of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Carlos or Helio? Cesar: Carlos was the founder of Gracie Jiu-jitsu. He was Helio's teacher and mentor. In Brazil this is common knowledge. When Helio's son Rorion came to America he tried to re-invent history for his own agenda. What Gracie Jiu-jitsu is today is a result of many Gracies such as Rolls, Rickson, Renzo, myself, etc.. Carlos was always refining the techniques so we have followed in his footsteps. MMAYOU.com: Is there anything you would like to add? Cesar: Just to express my desire that jiu-jitsu should be enjoyed by people of all ages to appreciate the art and the friendships it helps to create and not to be misused by thugs and bullies.