With the threat of Strikeforce’s next show also being the organization’s last, the promotion appears to be doing its best to find spots for its stars on the January 12 lineup. As such, it looks like middleweight Roger Gracie will see action at the show (now dubbed Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine).
Though not officially announced, MMAOpinion has reported a bout between Gracie and rising star Anthony Smith where the talented submission-specialist will look to build off the momentum of a win in his most recent rumble.
The 5-1 Gracie was last seen outpointing Keith Jardine earlier this year. The decision marked the first of his MMA career with his other quartet of wins all involving a tap-out finish.
Smith holds an overall record of 17-8 and has emerged victorious in his last three tilts. Sixteen of his instances of success have involved some form of stoppage.
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