ONE FC announced the signing of Roger Gracie late Wednesday night, agreeing to a multi-fight contract with the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion.
Gracie (6-2) made his last appearance inside the cage in 2013, falling to Tim Kennedy via decision. Prior to that, he had defeated Anthony Smith and Keith Jardine in Strikeforce.
Along with Gracie, ONE FC signed six others to contracts in Rafael Atilho, Warren De Reuck, Michal Pasternack, Timofey Nastyukhin, Igor Svirid and Anatpong Bunrad.
“I am proud to add seven very talented international athletes to our world class ONE FC roster,” vice president of operations Matt Hume said. “These recent additions include undefeated fighters, Rafael Atilho of Brazil, Warren De Reuck of South Africa, and Michal Pasternack of Poland. Also world class champions Timofey Nastyukhin of the famed Russian Top Team, Igor Svirid of Kazakhstan, and the exciting up and comer from Thailand, Anatpong Bunrad.
“I’m also very excited to add one of the greatest grapplers in the game, from MMA’s royal family, Roger Gracie. I anticipate major excitement in the ONE FC cage as these fresh international stars and seasoned veterans mix it up in the shark infested waters of the ONE FC cage!”