Gracie drops to middleweight, signs with Black House

by Ariel Helwani | source:

The next time Roger Gracie fights, it will be in a new weight class, with new management by his side.

According to manager Ed Soares, Gracie has signed with Team Black House and has decided to move down to 185 pounds. Soares did not know when the Strikeforce fighter would make his middleweight debut.

Gracie joins the likes of Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and the Nogueira brothers in Team Black House, which is run by Soares and Jorge Guimaraes.

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UGCTT_FryedTakayama site profile image  

3/16/12 1:41 PM by UGCTT_FryedTakayama


Hate420 site profile image  

3/16/12 1:34 PM by Hate420

Did he just drop from HW to MW??......I may be wrong but didn't he fight Randleman and Mo at HW??

MartialArtsMixed site profile image  

3/16/12 1:14 PM by MartialArtsMixed

he looks much bigger than machida in that pic, i wonder if he can really cut to 185 and be effective. Machida should cut to 170.

random_muppett site profile image  

3/16/12 12:33 PM by random_muppett

I genuinely didn't know what other mws they had. For what it's worth I agree with your point.

Gnarls Gnarlington site profile image  

3/16/12 12:10 PM by Gnarls Gnarlington

@random_muppett, I was referencing the main page article of Anderson from yesterday about not wanting to fight training partners. Hoger would just be another one if he was brought to the UFC. To answer your question about what other MW train there, Jacare, Thale Leites, Mario Miranda, etc. are just a few.My point being was, there are only a handful of popular camps/gyms and most top athletes cross train with other camps/gyms as well. The whole "i wont fight a training partner" or "friend" attitude is soon going to be too prevalent and something will need to be done about it.

shermbe site profile image  

3/16/12 10:20 AM by shermbe

blackhouse is just a management team, its not a gym. though some of the guys on the team do train together.

random_muppett site profile image  

3/16/12 10:17 AM by random_muppett

^^^ what middleweights do they have beside Hoger and Anderson?

Gnarls Gnarlington site profile image  

3/16/12 10:10 AM by Gnarls Gnarlington

Another person who will soon be on the "i can't fight anyone I train with" bus. I like the idea of him going there but it sucks there are so many people who all fight for the same camps and will never fight one another.

UGCTT_ZJJitsu705 site profile image  

3/16/12 9:25 AM by UGCTT_ZJJitsu705

 he needs to take defensive steps for sure, but I do not want to see him drop his roots for boxing see:  Maia