Roger Gracie. Photo courtesy of GracieMag.com.
Roger Gracie has reportedly been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against journeyman Travis Wiuff at World Victory Road’s upcoming “Sengoku V” on September 28 after sustaining a rib injury during a recent training session according to Sherdog.com.
According to the report, Gracie took a hard kick to the ribs during sparring last week and was then examined by a doctor who found that Gracie had suffered a tear to one of the muscles between his ribs. He is expected to be out of action for at least four weeks, pending a follow-up examination.
Gracie was victorious in his professional mixed martial arts debut in December 2006, submitting Ron Waterman with an armbar at a BodogFight: USA vs. Russia. He most recently submitted Yuki Kondo with a first-round rear naked choke at Sengoku II on May 18.
World Victory Road is expected to announce Gracie’s withdrawal, along with a replacement opponent at some point this week.