"It was embarrassing. I can tell you he wasn't in that bad of shape. Fact is the nerves drained him of his energy. His stand up and ground work looked bad, nothing at all like he was doing in training leading up to the fight, and it was if he couldn't hear what I was telling him. I think the pressure he put on himself overwhelmed him. He'll learn and be back." - Renzo Gracie
Going into a fight with the legendary "Gracie" name can take a toll on anyone. And such was the case for Rolles Gracie in his UFC debut.
Renzo Gracie, Rolles' cousin, stated that it was the pressure of coming into the UFC that caused Rolles' performance to dwindle. With a second degree black belt in jiu-jitsu, Rolles should have been able to potentially take the fight to the floor and grapple with Beltran, possibly looking for a submission victory.
But ADCC Submission Wrestling world champion Braulio Estima said that Rolles Gracie had been plagued by injuries during training. According to BloodyElbow.com, Estima said that Rolles had a rib injury that held him back for some time.
Rolles Gracie's professional MMA record now sits at 3-1, with a 0-1 record inside the Octagon. His three previous wins have all come via submission (two rear naked choke victory and one arm-triangle choke victory).