Rolles Gracie (left) is expected to face Bob Sapp on Feb. 11. | Photo: Dave Mandel
A heavyweight tilt between Rolles Gracie and Bob Sapp is expected to be part of One Fighting Championship’s Feb. 11 event. Sherdog.com received news of the bout via text message from Gracie’s management late Sunday evening.
Emanating from the Kelapa Gading Sports Mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, One FC 2 "Battle of Heroes" is the first of 14 scheduled fight cards in 2012 for the Signapore-based promotion. Other expected participants on the 10-bout card include URCC bantamweight champion Kevin Belingnon, Danish muay Thai specialist Ole Laursen, WBA boxing champion Yodsanan Sityodtong, Strikeforce veteran Igor Gracie and Deep welterweight champ Yuya Shirai. It will be the first professional mixed martial arts card in the Indonesian capital since 2008.
The 33-year-old Gracie was unbeaten in two outings in 2011, submitting Braden Bice with an arm-triangle choke in April and using the same move to dispatch Lee Mein in October, with both finishes coming inside of a round. The Brazilian fell to Joey Beltran in his lone Octagon appearance in 2009, succumbing to the “Mexicutioner” via technical knockout in the second round at UFC 109.
A fan favorite in Japan, Sapp last competed on Dec. 16, suffering a first-round TKO loss to Maro Perak. The “Beast” has fallen on hard times of late, losing six of his last seven fights. The hulking K-1 veteran’s only win during that time frame came against Sascha Weinpolter in March 2010.