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Randleman vs. Gracie Could Be Canceled, to Be Determined Wednesday

The scheduled May 15 fight between Kevin Randleman and Roger Gracie could be canceled on Wednesday, as Randleman has been battling an illness and is visiting a doctor to find out if he can be medically cleared.

"If the doctor clears him he'll fight, and we'll find that out later today," Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told Wednesday.

Coker said he hopes Gracie, who signed with Strikeforce late last year but still hasn't fought for the promotion, will remain on the May 15 card in St. Louis, even if both Gracie and Strikeforce have to scramble to find a late replacement willing to take the fight on 10 days' notice.

"I believe he will be on the card," Coker said of Gracie. "I believe he wants to fight regardless, but I have to talk to his managers to confirm that, because he's been training for the last six or eight weeks just for Kevin Randleman and it's possible that he'll want to wait and fight Kevin later. That's a determination we'll have to make when we find out if Kevin can fight later today."

A member of the legendary first family of Brazilian jiu jitsu, the 28-year-old Gracie is a former Abu Dhabi Combat Club submission grappling world champion, and Coker said he's hoping to expose Gracie's talents to a large audience in the United States.

"Roger is one of the best jiu jitsu fighters in the world," Coker said.

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