Gracie Meets Sapp at One FC in Jakarta

January 2, 2012
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Rolles Gracie will look to continue his recent winning streak when he returns in February at One FC in Jakarta, Indonesia, to face former Pride and K-1 fighter Bob Sapp. Gracie’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz from Dominance MMA confirmed the fight with MMAWeekly.com late Monday evening.

Since his lone fight in the UFC, Gracie has shown much improvement in his last two bouts, picking up wins by submission in both.

Gracie has worked tirelessly to improve his overall MMA game, working with his coaches at the Renzo Gracie academy in New York, as well as adding boxing coach Mark Henry, who is also the boxing coach for UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

He faces former Pride and K-1 fighter Bob Sapp, whose MMA career has taken more twists and turns than a pretzel over the last several years.

Once a feared, powerful giant, Sapp has not performed well over the last few years and hasn’t won an MMA fight since March 2010.

Still, Sapp’s size and power will always create an interesting match-up. He’ll try to stop a three fight skid when he faces Gracie in February.

Also added to the One FC card in February will be Rustam Khalibov against Evolve MMA’s Rodrigo Ribeiro.

Khalibov also comes from the Dominance MMA family, working under head coach Greg Jackson in New Mexico. Khalibov has become one of the team’s top lightweight prospects. He’ll look to prove that in February when he faces Ribeira in Indonesia.

“One FC has been a great promotion to work with and I believe they will be the new Pride (Fighting Championships),” said Abdel-Aziz on Monday. “Very professional and my fighters have really enjoyed working with them.”

The One FC card in Jakarta takes place on Feb. 11 at the Kelepa Gading Sports Mall.


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