At 3-0, and entering the prime of his career in terms of age, 29-year old Roger Gracie seems poised to potentially emerge as the representative of his family’s tradition Mixed Martial Arts has been looking for since their wide-ranging success over the formative years of the sport. Already considered to be one of the world’s top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners after record success in ADCC and the BJJ World Championships, Gracie’s lack of consistency in the MMA ring has only been reserved to the rarity of his fights, as all three of his victories have come by way of submission though are spread out over a three-and-a-half-year period.
However, it looks as though signing with Strikeforce has finally cured the infrequency of his appearances in the cage, and fans may finally start having some answers in terms of how far Gracie can go in MMA.
According to a report first broken on MMARising, Gracie will look build off his win over Kevin Randleman this past May against seasoned veteran Trevor Prangley at Strikeforce’s upcoming show on January 29 in San Jose.
The bout marks the first time is his career he will have fought twice in the same twelve-month span, while comparably his opponent will enter the match-up with 10X the in-ring experience including career wins over Keith Jardine and Niko Vitale, as well as accomplished submission-grapplers like Travis Lutter and Matt Horwich. Additionally, Prangley has only been tapped twice in his career with his last loss via submission coming almost six years ago.
On top of Gracie’s attempt at continuing to live up to his last name, the card in question is also expected to feature a title-fight between middleweight champ Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and devastating striker Rob Lawler, as well as Herschel Walker in action and rumored appearances by Jason Miller, Tim Kennedy, and Nick Diaz.