Roger Gracie Heading to Rio to Train with Minotauro Nogueira

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The greatest Jiu-Jitsu World Championship medal collector, Roger Gracie (5-1), is confirmed for the final Strikeforce event, which takes place Jan. 12 in Oklahoma City, Okla., USA. The Carlos Gracie Jr. black belt will take on American Anthony Smith (17-7) in a middleweight match-up.

Gracie will fly to Rio de Janeiro from his home of England next week for some training that will make jiu-jitsu lovers’ mouths water.

“Joinha spoke to Rodrigo Minotauro, and we felt it would be a good idea if I went to train there, at Team Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro,” said the tapout artist. “I was going to Brazil for the Holidays anyways, so it wasn’t too big a change of plans.”

Former Strikeforce champion middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza is also on the Jan. 12 card. The two-time absolute world champion of jiu-jitsu enters in the place of injured middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. Souza will take on Lorenz Larkin, who is undefeated in his 13-fight career.

Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma
January 12, 2013

Full Card

  • Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine
  • Daniel Cormier vs. Dion Staring
  • Tim Kennedy vs. Trevor Smith
  • Ronaldo Jacaré vs. Lorenz Larkin
  • Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle
  • Josh Barnett vs. Nandor Guelmino
  • Roger Gracie vs. Anthony Smith
  • Ryan Couture vs. KJ Noons
  • Pat Healy vs. Jorge Masvidal

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