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Ralek Gracie, of the famed Gracie jiu-jitsu family, has signed a contract to compete in Bellator MMA. Air Max Thea Zwart Dames .Gracie, 31, confirmed the signing to His debut is currently targeted for a televised event on Jan. 21 in Inglewood, California, against an opponent yet to be determined. He plans to fight at middleweight.Son of iconic jiu-jitsu practitioner Rorion Gracie and nephew of UFC legend Royce Gracie, Ralek Gracie (3-0) hasnt competed in MMA since 2010. All of his pro fights occurred in Japan. His most recent was a decision win against Kazushi Sakuraba in May 2010.Im ready to get myself back out there, Gracie said. I competed in a Metamoris jiu-jitsu match [in July], and I felt like I got in amazing shape but wasnt able to focus like I wanted, because I was running my own show.Ive always fought MMA. I never really competed in jiu-jitsu. I was always attracted to more of a real fight. I think people still want to know what this original style of jiu-jitsu can do in modern MMA. Im into that, and Im into being a catalyst in that story.Gracie jiu-jitsu has served an integral role in the evolution of mixed martial arts. The sport was born in many ways at UFC 1 in November 1993, when Royce Gracie submitted three men on the same night to win the first UFC tournament.Ralek Gracies involvement in professional MMA has been limited thus far. He said injuries and the responsibilities of fatherhood contributed to his decision to step away from competition years ago.Life got in the way a little bit, Gracie said. For me, it was always the goal [to compete in MMA], but I didnt get paid for my last fight against Sakuraba. [Japanese promotion] DREAM was in a position where they were going down, and it was bad timing for me. At that time, I needed something more stable. I had kids. I needed to be more responsible for their future and think differently, but in the meantime, I always watched the growth of the sport.In 2014, Gracie founded Brazilian jiu-jitsu promotion Metamoris, which got off to a strong start but has since fallen under controversy.The submission-only promotion has featured the likes of several Gracie family members, decorated grapplers and MMA stars in Chael Sonnen and Rory MacDonald, among others. Along the way, however, the promotion faced accusations of false charges on stored consumer credit cards and failure to pay its competitors.Earlier this week, reported Gracies brothers, Ryron and Rener, issued an internal email cautioning Gracie academies from conducting business with Ralek and Metamoris. Ralek Gracie expressed optimism about Metamoris and his relationship with his brothers, while reiterating his excitement about MMA.I really want to focus on this right now, but I definitely would say [Metamoris] is doing everything it can to move forward in the most honorable way possible, Gracie said. Its tough, man. We went through a hard time, and I think people took for granted what we were bringing to the table -- something that was revolutionary for the sport. We were really young, really green and didnt have the business experience.Its a surreal thing, to answer questions about my brothers -- and even trying to defend yourself is dishonorable in this kind of situation. Were just doing the best we can, and I think there are some stuff behind the scenes that people dont know about and shouldnt know about. I really dont like avoiding questions, but at the end of the day, I really dont think its important or relevant in this circumstance. 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Penn State coach James Franklin said Tuesday hes proud of kicker Joey Julius for how hes dealt with an eating disorder that kept him out of spring practice and led him to being admitted to a clinic for treatment this past summer.Julius said in a Facebook post this week that he was in therapy at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center in St. Louis from May 9 to July 26.Were here to support Joey in every way possible, Franklin said. Im really proud of him. Besides that, I want to make sure that were supporting Joey in every way possible -- academically, athletically, socially, emotionally, the whole package.The 5-foot-10, 258-pound sophomore from Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, has handled kickoffs for the Nittany Lions this season. Nicknamed Big Toe, hes popular with fans for the fearlessness he displays in kick coverage.Julius said he decided to disclose his eating disorder publicly after discussing it with family, friends and the team.Due to my increase in not only weight but also depression and anxiety my team physicians started to notice not only a change in my overall happiness but also my performance as a normal human being, Julius wrote. Throughout this whole process I learned a lot about myself.The 21-year-old Julius said he has endured binge eating disorder the past 11 years and also showed signs of bulimia, the binge-and-purge disorder.In order to come to this conclusion I have no one to thank except for Coach James Franklin and my training staff and doctors that stuck with me throughout thiis whole process, Julius wrote. Nike Air Max 2017 Dames. . They all noticed that I was not myself and that I needed extensive care such as the program in St. Louis that I attended this summer.Julius encouraged anyone struggling with an eating disorder to reach out to him and that he would help.Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley said his teammates are proud of Julius feeling able to come forward.We knew he was dealing with something, McSorley said. We didnt know exactly what it was but we were supportive of him.Franklin said Julius situation is a reminder that a lot goes on in players lives beyond the sport.Joey had something going on, was away from us for a period of time, and I think the best thing that happened is Joey was able to do that without a lot of people asking questions and wondering where he was at or us talking about it, Franklin said.Julius is best known for his aggressive play on kick returns -- something counterintuitive for most kickers.In the season opener against Kent State, Julius knocked Kent State return man Raekwon James backward with a hard hit. Three weeks later he took down Michigans Jourdan Lewis. Both plays went viral.Last week, Minnesota linebacker Jaylen Waters was ejected for lowering his shoulder into Julius on what ended up being a touchback. 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