Roger Gracie and Tim Kennedy are two of the twenty or so names to come from Strikeforce. In their UFC debuts, they fight each other and Gracie knows where he must be cautious.
“The most dangerous part of it is the gas; I’m concentrating on that,” said Gracie to TATAME. “He is known to be strong physically too. I need to be equal with the gas to him so he tires first. It is a dangerous athlete and, perhaps, the best guy floor that I will face in my career.”
Kennedy went 3-2 for Strikeforce, losing only when middleweight gold was on the line. He submitted Trevor Smith on the final show for the promotion.
Gracie enters the Octagon off two middleweight wins for Strikeforce. On that same January card, Gracie submitted Anthony Smith within two rounds.
They headline the preliminary aspect of UFC 162 on July 6. It comes from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.