Art of War and IFL veteran Rolles Gracie has signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC according to a post he made on his Twitter account Tuesday. Rolles’ father, Rolls Gracie, was raised by his uncle Helio Gracie, who is the co-founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Mixed Martial Arts is literally in Rolles Gracie’s blood.
Rolles is 3-0 as a professional MMA fighter. Not surprising, all three of his wins have come in the first round by submission. His most recent fight was on Sept. 26 at Art of War 14 where he tapped out Peter Graham with an arm-triangle just 1:43 into the bout.
Rolles currently trains at two schools, dividing his time between the Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Holmdel, N.J. and Greg Jackson’s Submission Academy in Albuquerque, N.M.
MMA Weekly is reporting Gracie’s first fight inside the Octagon will be at UFC 109 against heavyweight Englishman Mustapha Al-Turk (6-5). Al Turk has fought twice in the UFC losing both fights via TKO, first to Cheick Kongo at UFC 92, then to Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 99.
The last time a Gracie was inside the Octagon was at UFC 60 in May 2006 when Royce Gracie returned after an 11-year hiatus to fight Matt Hughes. UFC 109 is expected to take place in Las Vegas, Nev. in Feb. 2010.
By: Jack Bratcher