Strikeforce: Roger Gracie out of July 30 fight against Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal


They're dropping like flies off fight cards, ladies and sirs.

While UFC is dealing with the release of former middleweight title contender Nate Marquardt, Strikeforce is facing an issue of its own, albeit not as serious.

As reported on Inside MMA last night, Roger Gracie has been forced to pull out of his fight against Muhammed Lawal at the upcoming Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Henderson" event on July 30 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

After injuries and a myriad of other problems kept Gracie from competing, the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Superfight Champion finally made his Strikeforce debut at the "Heavy Artillery" Showtime event last May 2010, strangling Kevin Randleman to notch his third win in as many tries.

The victory was Gracie's first on U.S. soil since throwing his hat in the sport way back in December 2006.

He would follow that up with yet another submission victory, a first round choke out of well-traveled veteran Trevor Prangley.

This now cancelled fight against "King Mo" was a big step up in competition for the savvy submission king, one he may or may not have been ready for.

It's no matter now, as a bothersome injury that has plagued him for some time has lingered long enough to keep him off the July 30 card.

This news comes on the heels of the announcement that Evangelista Santos suffered an injury of his own and would no longer be able to fight Paul Daley at the event.

Something in the air, it seems.

The show will go on nevertheless and is set to feature Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson taking on legendary Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in a heavyweight attraction.

No word yet on a potential replacement opponent for Lawal but stay tuned to and we'll pass that information along as soon as it becomes available.

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