Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy Set For UFC 162

Two former Strikeforce fighters will collide under the UFC banner for the first time, as former army ranger Tim Kennedy and grappling wizard Roger Gracie have been signed and sealed to scrap at UFC 162, which is set for July 6th, yet does not yet have a confirmed location.

33 year old Tim Kennedy (15-4) twice contended for the Strikeforce middleweight title, both times coming out on the losing end of a decision to both Jacare Souza and Luke Rockhold. The outspoken member of Greg Jackson's gym competed on the last ever Strikeforce event, defeating Trevor Smith via third round submission. The California native has previously notched notable victories over Mayhem Miller, Robbie Lawler, Melvin Manhoef and trevor Prangley.

31 year old Roger Gracie (6-1) switched to MMA after cementing his reputation as one of the all time great jiu-jitsu practitioners, with accomplishments too numerous to list here. The Brazilian, who trains with Anderson Silva and the Nogueira brothers at the legendary Black House, has finished five of his six bouts via submission, and his sole defeat came at the hands of Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Gracie is currently riding a two fight win streak, with his last win coming over Anthony Smith at the final ever Strikeforce event in January.

UFC 162 is rumoured to have a UFC middleweight title main event between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, although this has yet to be confirmed..


Published by Lee Rabey - Tue, 5 Mar 2013 01:00

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