Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold has been very vocal about his desire to see the organization bring in some new contenders for him to face. However, it appears the promotion may already have a new option for Rockhold on their roster with the ability to fight at 185 pounds and give any opponent a run for his money.
According to his team, decorated submission specialist Roger Gracie is contemplating a move down from light heavyweight now that he’s fully focused on a career in MMA rather than on the mat.
Word of Gracie’s pending decision came from a conversation between manager Jorge Guimaraes and TATAME where the representative said, “He’s considering dropping, but it’s not set in stone yet.”
“To me, he has all the tools to build up a great MMA career, he just needs some work, (and to be) focused,” Guimaraes continued.
Guimaraes also revealed Gracie could be joining Anderson Silva’s Team Blackhouse in the coming months as well.
Gracie is 4-1 in MMA including wins over veterans like Trevor Prangley and Kevin Randleman. His first loss came in September when he was stopped with strikes by former title-holder Muhammed Lawal. He is also one of the most accomplished BJJers in recent history, winning numerous titles including one in the coveted ADCC Absolute bracket.
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