Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Roger Gracie has signed a deal to fight in the UFC.
Gracie makes the switch from Strikeforce’s light-heavyweight roster where he had become a notable star, going 4-0 at the beginning of his career and defeating the likes of Kevin Randleman and Trevor Prangley by submission along the way.
That had left him in the title picture in the organization and resulted in a fight with Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal in September of last year, but it didn’t go his way, resulting in a first round KO loss.
Nevertheless, Gracie remains an extremely promising talent, arguably the world’s finest BJJ practitioner, and is a good addition to the UFC’s 205lb line-up.
It’s another slap in the face to Strikeforce however who are already reeling from having their heavyweight division folded into the UFC.
Meanwhile their light-heavyweight roster had already suffered a blow this year when ‘King Mo’ was suspended for a year after testing positive for steroids, and the loss of Gracie on top of that leaves them with a very threadbare line-up indeed with Gegard Mousasi now being one of the few notable stars still with the promotion.