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Rolles Gracie Signs UFC Deal

The legendary Gracie last name is returning to the Octagon.

Rolles Gracie, the son of Rolls, who was the nephew of the father of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Helio, announced late Tuesday that he has signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC.

Rolles, a 31-year-old heavyweight, is 3-0 in MMA and represents the Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu-Academy and Greg Jackson camps.

Gracie made his MMA debut for the IFL in September 2007 and submitted Sam Holloway with a rear-naked choke. This year he signed with China's Art of War promotion and tapped out judo black belt Baga Agaev and former K-1 kickboxer Peter Graham both in the first round.

The last time a Gracie fought inside the Octagon was when Royce returned to the UFC for a one-shot against Matt Hughes at UFC 60 in May 2006.

"I want to fight wherever they treat me good. That's my priority," Rolles told FanHouse two weeks ago. "Obviously, UFC is the biggest one right now, so you always aim for the biggest show."

According to, Gracie will make his Octagon debut against Mustapha Al-Turk at UFC 109 in February.

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