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Roger Gracie set to compete at Sengoku 5

World Victory Road has announced that heavyweight prospect Roger Gracie has been added to its Sengoku 5 card on Sept. 28 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

Gracie, one of the best pure heavyweight grapplers on the competitive circuit, is 2-0 in his brief MMA career. He debuted in 2006 with a first round submission of Ron Waterman during BodogFIGHT’s “USA vs. Russia” event. Gracie then returned to action this past May during Sengoku 2, where he submitted Yuki Kondo with a rear naked choke at 2:40 of round 1.

Gracie’s opponent for Sengoku 5 has yet to be named.

The promotion has also announced that Yuki Sasaki has been added to a Middleweight Grand Prix field that already includes Jorge Santiago, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, and Siyar Bahadurzada.

Also added to the card in separate bouts were Jorge Masvidal and Xande Ribeiro. Masvidal had been rumored as a challenger to Josh Thomson and Thomson’s Strikeforce lightweight title during the San Jose-based promotion’s Sept. 20 show at the Playboy Mansion. It’s unlikely that Masvidal will be fighting for Strikeforce on that date in light of Sengoku’s announcement.

8 COMMENTS
  • Mike Wolfe says:

    If there was ever a time for Jiu Jitsu Guy to return, this is it.

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  • Jason G says:

    I think he could be a really good heavyweight prospect if he trained with a top camp and fought more often. I wouldn’t mind seeing him and brock fight for 30 seconds.

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  • Jesse says:

    I love seeing high level BJJ guys make the crossover.

    Xande should be pretty cool to see as well.

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  • jjdnb says:

    didnt Roger Gracie die a few months back?

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  • Sergio G. Hernandez says:

    That was Ryan Gracie who passed.

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  • rob says:

    roger and xande on the same card -awesome – wish we could get it in the states – any advice on how I can watch these sengoku cards??

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  • Jesse says:

    bit torrent and pray someone uploads it. That’s the only why I’ve been able to catch them. There may be other (ahem) proper ways, but I don’t know of them.

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  • Justin B says:

    I would love to see that Masvidal vs Thomson fight that was rumored that would be a great stand up war.

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