Heavyweight grappling sensation of the legendary Gracie family Roger Gracie is close to signing a deal to compete in the Strikeforce organization.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed they are close to finalizing the terms of a multi-fight deal with Gracie In a recent report published by Sports Illustrated columnist Josh Gross.
Gracie who is 2-0 in his MMA career and comes from a long line of great competitors as the Gracie family is known world-wide, and are credited with teaching their style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu all around the world. The 27 year old Gracie would compete in the heavyweight division which currently has Alistair Overeem as its champion with Fabricio Werdum and Brett Rogers leading the pack of contenders.
In 2005 Gracie won the ADCC World Championships at 98 Kilograms. He also won the open-weight division by becoming the first man to submit all 8 of his opponents.
According to Coker they will bring Gracie along slowly by placing him on their Strikeforce: Challenger Series events which will air on Showtime. Although he carries the Gracie name they will need to build him up to MMA fans and this is the perfect way to do so. Coker went on to say that he was hoping to get Gracie an opponent sometime in the fall.