Roger Gracie: X10 BJJ World Champion, X2 ADCC Champion
South African freestyle wrestler Trevor Prangley (23-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC)
, a long time staple of second tier MMA organizations, is coming off a huge, relatively high-profile win over former UFC staple Keith Jardine (16-9 MMA, 6-7 UFC)
in Shark Fights, and has returned to Strikeforce to face perhaps the greatest pure grappler (certainly the greatest BJJ practitioner) of all time. For Prangley, this is an opportunity to stifle the MMA ambitions, as minute as they may be at this moment, of a talented prospect in the sport and establish himself as a potential competitor in one of Strikeforce’s more competitive divisions.
For Roger Gracie (3-0 MMA)
, there is still a large open question. His desire to compete in MMA, generally, has not always been present, and despite a solid performance in his debut both in the Strikeforce organization and in the lightheavyweight class, defeating former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman (17-15 MMA, 4-3 UFC)
with a considerable display both on the ground and on the feet, there is still doubt about whether Gracie should be discussed as a potential title contender, given his limited experience and commitment to competition in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling. As many of Roger’s fans wonder if he’ll even compete in ADCC in 2011, (he skipped the 2009 tournament, which was won by friend and Gracie Barra teammate Braulio Estima) Roger sets up to return for his fourth appearance in the cage in his almost five year MMA career.