I know Royce occasionally posts here, and hopefully hangs out and reads even more.
I just want to say, as an American, that we owe you and your entire family a hell of a lot for introducing us to BJJ back in 93. I was 17 then and had zero interest in grappling, all I knew was JKD and boxing and the occasional Thai clinch. And you came along and blew my fucking mind, and obviously a lot of other peoples' too. MMA has become one of my most avid and enjoyable hobbies as a fan, I just love it, and I thank you for that, because had you not been there in the early days I truly believe the UFC would have turned into another "Tough Man" type competition.
I wonder if there were even a thousand people in this country seriously training BJJ in 1992; now there must be at least a quarter million, and for that we owe your family a major league debt of gratitude.
No shame in losing to Matt Hughes, your legacy is what it is, regardless. Many thanks for introducing me to real fighting, real heart, and a pasttime that I will follow for the rest of my life...