Roger Gracie and Keith Jardine set to square off at middleweight

Roger Gracie will officially make his middleweight debut against another former light-heavyweight who shifted to the lighter division when he takes on Keith Jardine during a July Strikeforce event that is still in the planning stages.

Though the event is not officially announced, it is tentatively penciled in for Portland, Oregon, the sources said.

Two sources confirmed the fight pairing to MMA Fighting.

A date has not yet been finalized either.

The matchup though, is locked in, with Gracie (4-1) preparing to dip his toe into the middleweight waters. He made the decision to drop weight after his last fight, in which he suffered the first loss of his pro MMA career, a first-round knockout at the hands of “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal.

Jardine doesn’t have much more time at 185 under his belt than Gracie. He made his maiden voyage in the division in January, unsuccessfully challenging Strikeforce’s middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.

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