The Gracie name is set to live on in the UFC with the news that Rolles Gracie, the grandson of Carlos Gracie Sr (the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) has signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion.

31 year old Rolles is a heavyweight fighter, standing 6ft 4′ and weighing 250lbs, making him the largest member of the Gracie dynasty. Though he has competed in a number of Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Submission Wrestling tournaments in the past, he only began his MMA career in 2007, and has so far compiled a record of 3-0.

Now he is set to face Mustapha Al-Turk (6-5) in the octagon at UFC 109, and all eyes will be on him to see if he can match the first Gracie to fight in the promotion – Royce Gracie.

Royce debuted at the first ever UFC event and immediately went eight fights undefeated and won UFC 1, 2 and 4 on his way to becoming the first legend in the sport. Royce last fought in the UFC in 2006 at UFC 60 where he was beaten by Matt Hughes.

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