Rolles Gracie (3-0), decorated grappling champion and member of the famed Gracie clan, is expected to make his UFC debut opposite Mustapha Al-Turk (6-5) at UFC 109 on Feb. 6 from Las Vegas.
The Brazilain Jiu-Jitsu black belt and son of Rolles Gracie Sr. made his mixed martial arts debut under the IFL banner in late 2007, submitting Sam Holloway via rear naked choke in the Team Championship Finals.
After seeing no action in 2008, Gracie competed twice this year for China's Art of War promotion, including a submission win (arm-triangle choke) over Peter Graham just last month.
Set to welcome him to the Octagon is Al Turk — perhaps best known for having his eyes turned into a Croatian shisk kabob at UFC 99 by Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.
He came up short in his debut against Cheick Kongo at UFC 92 after a successful run in Europe on the Cage Rage circuit. In fact, he has six wins in seven attempts for the promotion and was riding a two-fight win streak before getting dismantled at "The Ultimate 2008″.
He is a pretty well-rounded fighter with serviceable boxing and solid grappling skills -– good enough to earn him the British Cage Rage heavyweight title.
Are they good enough to fend off the ground attack of a Gracie? That remains to be seen.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information on this developing fight card.