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Earlier today at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku” event at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan, officials announced the signing of two additional heavyweights to the organization’s roster: Kevin Randleman and Roger Gracie.
Both are currently scheduled to compete at the promotion’s next event on May 18th in Japan.
In addition to his deal with WVR, Randleman told MMA Weekly that he has signed with Global Fighting Championships as well and will make his debut for the company this summer.
“As of right now, I am fighting Jeff Monson on June 21st in North Carolina in Bobcat Arena,” Randleman said in the report. “My first fight is going to be May 18th in the new Japanese organization, it is not Pride, but World Victory Road.”
Randleman, a former UFC heavyweight champion, has not fought since being submitted by Mauricio Rua in October of 2006. His time off last year was filled with bad events, including Randleman suffering from multiple severe staph infections, kidney failure, and an arrest for driving under the influence as well as six other additional charges.
Gracie was victorious in his one and only professional mixed martial arts fight in December of 2006, submitting Ron Waterman with an armbar at a Bodog Fight event. He was originally rumored to have been fighting Hidehiko Yoshida but WVR officials obviously opted for Josh Barnett instead.
Touch of gloves to MMA Man Japan for the find.