Rolles Gracie has continued to pile up wins since his first and only disappointing Octagon appearance in 2010, as the renowned grappler has won five straight fights since he was stopped by Joey Beltran at UFC 109. While Gracie has recorded high profile wins recently while competing in Asia, the 34 year-old is returning to the big stage here in North America, when he fights Dave Huckaba at World Series of Fighting 3 on June 14th.
In a recent interview with Fighters.com’s John Petit, Gracie acknowledged that he’s looking forward to fighting in Las Vegas, as while he’s enjoyed fighting overseas, the “downfall is the travel, and spending sometimes 20 hours traveling in planes isn’t easy.” No, that’s not fun for anyone, fighter or not.
Not only will Gracie not have to worry about extensive travel for his next bout, but he’s been given a key opportunity to reintroduce himself to audiences in the U.S. and Canada. Gracie (8-1) will be taking on a man in Huckaba (20-5), who has been known to batter his fair share of fighters, evidenced by the fact that he has 7 TKO or KO wins in his last 10 bouts.
While the third degree BJJ black belt conceded to Fighters.com that he’ll be looking for the takedown, as seven of his eight victories have come via submission, Gracie added:
“But I am feeling confident standing up these days. I feel the work I am putting into it is paying off. I am becoming more confident. The work though, and the sparring with my training partners, and all of my coaches is why. We have strong guys at our gym, and if I can go toe-to-toe with these guys for five rounds, my confidence gets better.”
It will be interesting to see how Gracie looks in what is a pretty big fight for both men, considering WSOF’s deal with the NBC Sports Network. The June 14th event will be hosted by the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
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