Roger Gracie vs Rafael Cavalcante possible for June 18th

by Robert Sargent | source:

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 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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MMALOGIC site profile image  

3/10/11 4:18 AM by MMALOGIC

I guess that means Roger isnt extending his contract... because if SF gets an extension this has to be the dumbest matchmaking Ive seen.

MMApostle site profile image  

3/10/11 3:30 AM by MMApostle


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3/10/11 3:26 AM by Wasa-B


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3/10/11 3:22 AM by WRESTLENOW

Roger needs to quit bjj,its disrespectful to think that you can be the best in MMA while still competing in BJJ.

MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ site profile image  

3/10/11 1:04 AM by MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ

awesome fight..i say Feijao wins at this point

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3/10/11 1:03 AM by EPGScott

Happy early birthday!Depending on what else they put on the card, I might make a trip to Dallas for the card as I love the city and hopefully I'll be down there earlier that week for the NBA finals. Granted it's the Mavs and they can't seem to get out of the 1st/2nd rd lately.

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3/10/11 12:47 AM by McBottery

Guys, guys!Thats on my birthday!!!!....which means I won't be watching until the next afternoon

nni site profile image  

3/10/11 12:41 AM by nni

I don't know, Henderson seemed to be able to take him down in the clinch with relative ease. If Roger manages to clinch with Feijao I think he takes him down easily. And then subs him. :)Did anyone else find it weird that Feijao stuffed all (?) of King Mo's TD attempts and Hendo managed to take him down twice (?) without trying too hard? I guess he's better at defending double and single legs than clinch TDs.

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3/10/11 12:03 AM by nogblublt

Bad matchup for Roger. Devastating striker and great takedown defense. I'd rather see Roger get one or two more fights at upper competition before taking on someone of Feijaos level.

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3/9/11 11:27 PM by MMARising

Just a note to add to this for full disclosure: Feijao told Tatame this evening that he hasn't yet been offered the fight against Roger, but what I've confirmed is that this is the fight that Strikeforce is interested in and that Roger has already verbally agreed to it (he was offered it). The two remaining things to iron out are extending Roger's contract and ensuring that Feijao will take the fight. So the fight is still just a possibility as I noted, but it's the direction Strikeforce hopes to go in.