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Roger Gracie, Marcus ‘Buchecha' set to rematch in Rio de Janeiro

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The most victorious competitors in jiu-jitsu history will meet one more time in Brazil.

Roger Gracie and Marcus “Buchecha" Almeida, who fought to a draw in the first edition of Metamoris in 2012, will face off again at Gracie Pro 2017 on July 23 at Carioca Arena 1. It was one of the venues built for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Unlike the first match, which was under a 20-minute, submission-only rule set, the rematch is a 10-minute match under IBJJF rules.

“I'm excited to fight in my hometown after such a long time,” Roger Gracie told MMA Fighting.

Kyra Gracie, the head of Gracie Pro, confirmed the news to MMA Fighting.

According to the promoter, the event kicks off on July 22 and includes regular jiu-jitsu tournaments from kids to adults to master and seniors, and concludes on July 23 with the Gracie-“Buchecha" rematch.

“The Brazilian audience doesn’t have this contact with the great idols of the sport anymore,” Kyra Gracie told MMA Fighting. “We don’t have these big fights in Brazil anymore, so my idea was to bring Roger, who is considered the greatest of all time, and ‘Buchecha’, the best in the world today, for a superfight.”

Kyra Gracie said that Gracie Pro’s first edition will also include self-defense, jiu-jitsu and MMA seminars.

“I had this desire to promote a tournament that is also a pleasure for every athlete to be in,” she said, "because I was always bothered with the fact that athletes are not treated in a better way since we’re the stars of the event.

“I want this to be a good experience for everyone who competes... But I admit that I get a little anxious, just like I used to get when I was about to compete [laughs].”