Out of Retirement, Roger Gracie Tops List of Seven New ONE FC Signings

August 21, 2014

Roger-Gracie-Trevor-PrangleyTen time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Roger Gracie is among seven new signings announced on Friday by ONE FC. The Strikeforce and UFC veteran is set to make his debut later this year and will compete in the light heavyweight division.

Gracie (6-2) is a third degree BJJ black belt and initially announced his retirement from MMA after being released by the UFC, but appears to have had a change of heart after a recent training trip to Singapore.

Another light heavyweight to sign on with Asia’s biggest MMA promotion is undefeated Polish fighter Michal Pasternack (10-0), who will be competing in the 205-pound division alongside the likes of Gracie, Jake Butler, James McSweeney, and Christian Kaminishi.

Asia’s biggest MMA promotion can also boast two more fighters with perfect professional records among its ranks after picking up South African welterweight Warren De Reuck (7-0) and Brazilian middleweight Rafael Atilho (7-0).

The other three fighters to put pen to paper are Kazakh middleweight Igor Svirid (9-1), Russian lightweight Timofey Nastyukhin (7-1), and Thai bantamweight Anatpong Bunrad (3-1).

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  • onepunch

    They are have proven records to boost and they add competition in their respective weight classes. They don’t come cheap neither. Glad they are all international, giving each to represent their respective home country. Can’t wait to see how each fighter fair. Hope they all do well.

  • Ranzxs Chrizxs Baldzxs

    they should sign mark munoz and brandon vera who were also released by the UFC……..

    • el che

      i’m pretty sure Munoz recently signed an extended contract with the UFC – i could be wrong though.