Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Roger Gracie is most recognized for his victories at the 2005 ADCC Submission Wrestling World championship. Although he took first place at the event, Roger was the first to ever submit 8 consecutive opponents at this tournament. Now, he plans to use more of his grappling talent in the growing sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).
Roger made his MMA debut against Ron Waterman at a Bodog event held in Canada back in December of 2006. He defeated Waterman via an armbar submission in the first round. In May of 2008, Roger decided to test the waters a bit further as he went out Tokyo, Japan to face Yuki Kondo at Sengoku 2. The Brazilian grappler won his second MMA fight again via a rear-naked choke submission in the first round. The Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker, announced the possibility of a future Strikeforce fight deal with Roger Gracie.
Snip from Scott Coker himself:
“We’re going to see if we can create some awareness with him, see how he does fighting-wise, and take it from there. We’re going to give him every opportunity to crossover into MMA. He’s going to have plenty of time to see if he really likes to do it.”
We hope to see Roger Gracie participating in Strikeforce very soon. We’ll keep you guys posted on that…