Former Strikeforce light heavyweight, Roger Gracie (4-1) has signed a multi-fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, according to GracieMag. The migration to the UFC may come as a bit of a surprise to some, considering the talented Gracie was knocked unconscious just five months ago by former Strikeforce title holder, Muhammed Lawal at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov.
Prior to the defeat, Gracie had showcased a lethal submission attack. In four professional victories, all four of his foes found themselves ensnared in Roger’s lethal grasp. What makes that feat all the more impressive is the competition with which Gracie was able to overcome: Ron Waterman, Yuki Kondo, Kevin Randleman and Trevor Prangley.
Gracie’s been sidelined since coming up short in his collision with Lawal, though he’ll certainly bring a unique skillset to the UFC; few light heavyweights can lay claim to possessing a submission attack as strong as Roger’s, which could throw a major monkey wrench into the upper echelon of the division.
As of today, no debut date has been released, although speculation leans toward an appearance sooner than later.
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