The Bearded One
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lisbon - Portugal
Roger Gracie close to signing with Black House, could drop to 185lbs
Roger Gracie is already working to sign his next MMA fight, but the manager who will be dealing it will not be the same one who used to work these things out for him. TATAME found out that Gracie is talking about it with the managers Jorge Guimaraes and Ed Soares, from Black House, and Guiamaes revealed they’re adjusting the last details.
“It’s not sure yet, we’re working on the little details”, explains Jorge, who is friends with Roger’s father, the coral belt Mauricio Gomes, decades ago. “His father is my friend from Rolls Gracie time, he’s someone I really like and I really care for Roger. I guess Roger is an example, not only as a fighter, but as a person. I’ll do everything I can do for him, it’ll be a challenge for me”.
Guimaraes is the responsible for managing names like Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, the Nogueira brothers, and he is excited about the possibility of managing the greatest BJJ champion of all times.
“To me, he has all the tools to build up a great MMA career, he just need some work, focused. I’m sure he’ll be a tough one to fight in MMA”, compliments the manager, revealing the possibility of Roger dropping to the middleweight division. “He’s considering dropping, but it’s not set in stone yet”.
Roger has won four MMA fights on the light heavyweight, being defeated only by the former Strikeforce champion, King Mo Lawal, in September of 2011. In Jorge’s opinion, accepting this bout was not the best call. “His fight with King Mo did not come on the right moment. If I was his manager back then, I would have let him fight King Mo, but… It’s past now, so let’s move on”.
Black House open to work with Aldo in the future
The manager took some time to comment the end of the partnership with Andre Pederneiras and the fact the champion Jose Aldo left Black House.
“We thought it was best for us to follow our own course. Of course I was sad because I really like Jose Aldo and I also like Andre, but there were some incompatibilities and we thought it was best for everyone so we remained friends”, explains, rooting for a new partnership in the future.
“The friendship continues. What I can do to help... Nothing is irreversible. I hope that suddenly, someday... We did a test. It did not work the first time? It may work on the second try”, concluded Joinha, who is still the manager of Johnny Eduardo, Diego Nunes and Luis Cane, all fighters of Nova União team and managed by Black House.
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