On the heels of talk of a television deal for next year, Shine Fight Promotions (Shine Fights) had something else up their sleeve. Today they announced the addition of Rolles Gracie ( son of legendary Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner Rolls Gracie) to its heavyweight roster. Rolles Gracie is the latest member of the famed clan to carry on the familial legacy in the sport of MMA. A brilliant grappler in his own right, Rolles’ recent titles include No-Gi American National Ultra-Heavyweight Champion, No-Gi Pan-American Champion, and 3-time Pan-American Champion.

Rolles (3-1) trains with another legendary member of his family in UFC/Pride veteran Renzo Gracie. Rolles last fight was his Octagon debut in the UFC against Joey Beltran, but his conditioning betrayed him, and he went on to suffer a stinging TKO defeat.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Shine organization,” stated Rolles. “I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to come my way, and I am confident that this is going to be a great partnership. I’m looking forward to doing big things with Shine.”

No date has been finalized for Gracie’s Shine Fights debut, but an announcement is expected shortly. 

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