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Roger Gracie Officially Drops To Middleweight, Joins Black House

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In an interview with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, Ed Soares has confirmed that Roger Gracie is signing with Black House management and more importantly, he is dropping to the 185 pound Middleweight Division.

This is not the most shocking news as it has been rumored Gracie had been mulling a weight drop for some time and he has reportedly being working members of Black House, including UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva on Tatame.com a few months ago.

Roger's run at Light Heavyweight sparked some hope for the resurgence of the Gracie family legend, but his biggest wins were over an aged Kevin Randleman and Trevor Prangley. In his most recent fight with Muhammed Lawal, Gracie was knocked out within the first round.

For Gracie, this move makes a great deal of sense, for while he is long and tall, he lacks the heft and mass that the majority of elite Light Heavyweights enjoy. It is likely in any major fight Gracie entered at 205 lbs he would have been at a serious strength and size disadvantage. Furthermore, the top of the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight division is populated by strong wrestlers, who would likely be able to stop the Brazilian's attempts to take him down and win the striking battle decisively, as Lawal did.

At Middleweight, Gracie will be on the tallest fighters in the division at 6'4" and be on more equal footing in terms of physical strength. Throw in that the talent pool is a bit shallower at Middleweight and Gracie's grappling abilities could make him a real contender at that weight.

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Post #1   3/15/12 4:46:57PM   

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I like the move personally. Tons of winnable fights for him there, like Lawler, if he could get him down, Jardine could make a good opponent for him, and I would salivate at the thought of a BJJ dream match between him and Jacare, or him and Palhares if he were to be able to make the move to the UFC after a few impressive showings in SF, even though Palhares would look like Verne Troyer in comparison to Gracie. I for one am looking forward to seeing if he can make waves in the division.

Post #2   3/15/12 6:56:32PM   

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Hopefully the UFC ends up signing him, he could be a new Maia at mieddleweight haha

Post #3   3/15/12 7:06:21PM   

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Excellent moves on his part.

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Post #4   3/17/12 12:23:23PM