UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta wasn’t the only one breaking news on Twitter yesterday. According to GracieMag, former Strikeforce standout Roger Gracie (Pictured) has inked a contract to join the UFC’s light heavyweight division.
The former Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist blasted out of the mixed martial arts gates by collecting wins in his first four professional fights. To the surprise of no one, all of his victories have come courtesy of submission.
Speaking of getting blasted, Gracie was handed the first and only blemish on his MMA résumé when former Strikeforce champ Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal put him to sleep in the 1stRound this past September.
Understanding he’ll need to fine-tune his standup attack in order to compete in the big leagues, Gracie will reportedly recruit the services of reigning middleweight champ Anderson Silva to assist him with his striking.
No word when the 30-year-old submission specialist will make his Octagon debut.