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 Rogerâ€™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.
Gracieâ€™s been sidelined since coming up short in his collision with Lawal, though heâ€™ll certainly bring a unique skillset to the UFC; few light heavyweights can lay claim to possessing a submission attack as strong as Rogerâ€™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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