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Renzo Gracie gets new opponent for ADCC match

Renzo Gracie Photos Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Renzo Gracie will still compete at September’s ADCC event in Finland.

Originally scheduled to meet Matt Hughes in a grappling contest, Gracie will now take on Sanae Kikuta, the promotion announced Thursday. ADCC 2017 takes place at The Espoo Metro Areena on Sept. 22-24.

Hughes suffered a horrific accident on June 16, when his truck was hit by a train, and is still hospitalized.

Gracie and Kikuta met once under mixed martial arts rules in the past with the Brazilian winning with a guillotine choke 43 seconds into the sixth round at PRIDE 2 in 1998.

Kikuta is one of the few non-Brazilians to ever win an ADCC gold medal, in 2001. The 45-year-old veteran built a 31-9-3-1 record in almost two decades as a MMA fighter, winning the Pancrase light heavyweight championship.

ADCC 2017 will also feature a grappling match between former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir and Bellator fighter Chael Sonnen.

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