Roger Gracie: “I’m moving up one weight division and I need to be ready for it”

Roger Gracie, MMA, UFC, Jiu Jitsu

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Roger Gracie is focused!

After the defeat suffered to Tim Kennedy in his only UFC fight, last July 6, Roger decided to do some changes in his training program.

After the defeat, it was reported that Roger’s contract would not be renewed with the MMA promotion.

The most accomplished Jiu-Jitsu competitor of all time, with 10 world championship gold medals as a black belt, knows that past glories mean nothing inside the cage.

With that in mind, he joined forces with trainer Phil Learney to improve his physical conditioning.

After a few days of work, Phil posted what he expects from Gracie: “He is going to be bringing some serious conditioning and power to his next fight and something completely new with his physique.”

In a exclusive interview for GRACIEMAG, Roger also commented on the new moment of his career: “I’m doing some serious strength and conditioning work. I want to increase my power and explosiveness. I’m sure that it’ll help me a lot with MMA. I want to be very well prepared physically once I move up one weight division [from 185 pounds to 205 pounds]. I need to be ready for it!”

Roger doesn’t yet know when his next fight will be, but he is preparing for it: “I haven’t signed with any organization yet and therefore still don’t know when I’m fighting next, but I believe it’s gonna be in the beginning of next year.”

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