Genki Sudo vs. Royler Gracie, from K-1 Romanex 5/22/2004
When we last checked in on Royler Gracie, the forty five year old Brazilian was looking for an opponent for Amazon Forest Combat’s inaugural event on September 14th. Initially, we reported that Royler turned down an ADCC bout with Eddie Bravo in hopes of getting him to fight at this event. Later, it was revealed that Hideo Tokoro was initially targeted as an opponent for Royler Gracie, but that fight fell through because Tokoro will more than likely be fighting at a Dream September event. Now, as Sherdog reported earlier today, former Shooto champion Masakatsu Ueda has stepped up to fight Royler Gracie in what will be his final MMA bout.
Royler Gracie is 5-4-1 in his professional MMA career. He hasn’t fought since losing to Hideo Tokoro at K-1 Premium 2006 Dynamite!! on New Year’s Eve, 2006. Ueda, meanwhile, is 13-1-2 and riding a three fight win streak. He most recently knocked out Rumina Sato with a body kick on July 18th. If you’re a believer in “momentum” and/or “cage rust”, then Ueda is easily the early favorite.
Interestingly, the bout will be contested at a catch weight of 154 pounds. Masakatsu Ueda is a natural bantamweight who held Shooto’s featherweight (132 lbs in Shooto’s weight classes) title. Of course, given that the only other fight currently set for this card is Paulo Filho vs. Satoshi Ishii, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Weight classes are for gangsters in America, not fighters in Brazil.