Roger Gracie carries a strong name to the cage each time he fights. His reputation as a member of the prestigious Gracie Family continues to grow with each bout.
However, the Gracie’s have had issues competing inside the Octagon as of late. This Saturday night, Roger Gracie hopes to end the string when he faces Tim Kennedy at UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman.
For the UFC debuting middleweight, though, this bout is only about creating his own legacy with the promotion.
“At the end of the day, each one is a different individual,” said Gracie, during Thursday’s pre-fight press conference. “I cannot try to make it right for what happened in the past. I have to concentrate and do my best in the Octagon.
“I am happy my family made history in the Octagon; hopefully I will do the same.”
The 31-year-old Gracie (6-1) has won two straight since a knockout loss to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in 2011. That includes a submission earlier this year over Anthony Smith, which fifth such victory of his career.
As always, FightLine will have complete coverage of Saturday’s entire event, beginning with the Facebook prelims at 7 p.m. ET.