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Gracie features in quartet of UFC bouts

ESPN staff
March 4, 2013
Tim Kennedy is a solid middleweight © Getty Images

Four fights are in the works for forthcoming UFC events, most notably with Roger Gracie set to make his debut against Tim Kennedy according to multiple sources in Brazil.

Gracie, carrying the famous name, has found form at middleweight, winning both fights since dropping down last year. Opponent Kennedy is also coming off a win and has twice fought and lost in Strikeforce title bouts.

Also reported, CB Dollaway is in line for a collision with TUF Brasil winner Cesar Ferreira. Dollaway beat Daniel Sarafian in a tough bout last time out, while Ferreira has not fought since he won the TUF competition at UFC 147.

That bout is expected for UFC on FX 8, headlined by Vitor Belfort v Luke Rockhold.

Ahead of that card, Leonard Garcia and Cody McKenzie square off at UFC 159 on April 27. Both men are out of form, with fan favourite Garcia losing five of his last six.

The event is headlined by Jon Jones' light-heavyweight title defence against Chael Sonnen.

And at UFC 160, two TUF winners will face off as TUF 16 champion Colton Smith meets TUF Smashes conqueror Robert Whittaker. The two welterweights bring differing styles, with Smith a grinding wrestler while Whittaker looks for the knockout, making for an intriguing match-up.

UFC 160 is headlined by the heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez v Antonio Silva.

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