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Strikeforce: Roger Gracie vs Trevor Prangley in the works for Jan. 29 in San Jose


Well-traveled mixed martial arts veteran Trevor Prangley will be making his return to the Strikeforce light heavyweight division to begin his 2011 fight campaign against undefeated grappling wizard Roger Gracie on Jan. 29 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, according to

Prangley (23-6-1) had a shaky return to Strikeforce when he reappeared for the promotion at Challengers 6 earlier this year. His highly-anticipated bout against Karl Amoussou ended in a technical draw after an accidental thumb to the eye halted the action prior to the end of round one.

The South African made a quick turnaround, trying to stymie the surging Tim Kennedy at the Strikeforce "Los Angeles" event last June, but found himself getting choked out by the super-soldier in the middle of the opening frame.

Needing to get back in to the win column, Prangley packed his bags and headed south to take a split decision from UFC exile Keith Jardine at Shark Fights 13 back in September and right the ship.

Will Gracie make him regret his decision to return?

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

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

The upcoming Strikeforce event for Jan. 29 in San Jose is expected to feature a middleweight title fight pitting current champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza against the heavy hands of "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler.

Herschel Walker and Nick Diaz are also expected to compete.

Stay tuned to for future updates to this still-developing fight card.

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