Grappling wizard Roger Gracie is expected to make his return to Strikeforce action on June 18th in Dallas, Texas. A current plan is in place for Gracie to take on recently-dethroned former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. At least one fighter has agreed to the fight.
A source close to the promotion confirmed plans for the June matchup with MMARising.com today, but a key point in the negotiations remains Gracie’s desire to finalise a contract extension with Strikeforce before returning to the cage. Gracie is currently on the final fight of his existing Strikeforce deal.
The London-based Gracie may face a busy schedule in June, as he is set to compete in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships in the first week of the month. However, Gracie believes that he will have sufficient time to prepare for a return to MMA just two weeks later on the 18th and his participation on the Strikeforce card in Dallas is reportedly all but assured. While not yet officially set, Cavalcante has emerged as the leading contender to face Gracie on the card.
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