Rolles Gracie signs multi-fight deal with UFC, to make Octagon debut at UFC 109

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.

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Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic announces return to the Octagon at UFC 99

One of the most devastating strikers in mixed martial arts, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (24-6-2) is returning to the Octagon on June 13th at the appropriately named “UFC 99: The Comeback,” which will take place in Cologne, Germany.

“Cro Cop” announced in a press release on his personal website he will be fighting heavyweight Mustapha al Turk (6-4) at UFC 99. Al Turk is coming off a TKO loss to Cheick Kongo at UFC 92.

After reaching legendary status in Japan and establishing himself as one of the top ten heavyweights in the world while fighting in the PRIDE organization, Mirko Filipovic first entered the Octagon at UFC 67 in February 2007 where he won a first round TKO victory over Eddie Sanchez. However, the Croatian striker lost his next two UFC bouts to Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70 and Cheick Kongo at UFC 75.

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Meet your UFC rookies

Patrick Barry will give Dan Evensen all he can handle at UFC 92
Patrick Barry makes his UFC debut at UFC 92

Where is a place all champions have been but never want to return? It’s a place where dues are paid and checks are made. It’s a proving ground, a place to show your skills and put on a show. It’s a place where a fighter wants to do their absolute best even though the majority of people may never even see it.

It’s been said that the loneliest place in the world is inside the Octagon. If that is true, then inside the Octagon, ON THE UNDERCARD is the loneliest place in the universe.

The UFC has used their undercards for years to bring in new talent, test them out, and see what they are made of.  Hopefully, the fighters do well enough they can one day fight on the main card.

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