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Roger Gracie Debates Light Heavyweight Return

The UFC carried over Roger Gracie’s Strikeforce contract, which consisted of one fight. Following a decision loss to Tim Kennedy at UFC 162, the promotion couldn’t come to terms on a new deal.

The middleweight struggled to make weight and is debating a return to light heavyweight.

“That weight cut affected me a lot in this last fight, so I don’t know,” said Gracie to MMA Fighting. “I’ll do some tests on the next two or three months then I’ll decide in which weight class I will fight. I always cut from 220 pounds [to 185 pounds]. If I manage to keep my weight lower than that it will be a lot easier to cut. If not, I’ll move back [to light heavyweight].”

Gracie began his career as heavyweight, but dropped to light heavyweight when he signed with Strikeforce. A defeat from Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal in 2011 witnessed Gracie cut to middleweight.

He’s 6-2 with almost every win via submission.