One of the most intriguing competitors to debut in Mixed Martial Arts over the past few years is officially a free agent, as the UFC has opted to not renew middleweight Roger Gracie’s contract. The polished submission-specialist’s deal with Zuffa dated back to his time in Strikeforce but expired after his July debut in the Octagon.
Globo was first to report the development. No reason was given for the company’s decision.
In addition to his ties to the famed Gracie family, the 31-year old had gone 6-2 since giving MMA a shot including victories over Kevin Randleman, Trevor Prangley, and Keith Jardine. However, he came up short on the scorecards against Tim Kennedy at UFC 162, losing what may very well be the first and only fight of his career under the organization’s banner.