Maurice Smith's team got off to a fast start in the IFL, shocking Renzo Gracie's Pitbulls, 3-2, in their first match. Not many expected the team of relative unknowns to be so competitive right away, but the team has rallied under the guidance of the legendary kickboxer Smith.
One of the IFL's original four teams, the Renzo Gracie's Pitbulls have struggled to find the right lineup in their first season. Gracie has combined fighters from his homeland in Brazil, such as light-heavyweight Andre Gusmao, with members of his Manhattan jiu-jitsu academy, such as lightweight Erik Owings.
Gracie, who looks to his family members to help train his team when he is consumed with preparations for his own bouts, has said he plans to bring everyone "under one roof" for the 2007 season. After seeing the success of the Wolfpack and Silverbacks, who train as one cohesive unit, Gracie said he has come to realize that team unity in training is essential to IFL success.