Sometimes it’s good to revisit the sport’s roots. Like, remember when the name ‘Gracie’ meant grappling prowess? Bellator does, so last night’s event had Neiman Gracie (who?) turning the co-main event into a jiu-jitsu clinic.
Opponent Zak Bucia was game, and knew that going to the ground was a risky prospect, so he tried to keep the fight standing. It didn’t work, and for the vast majority of the first round he was fending off chokes, an omoplata and a heelhook.
Round 2 wasn’t much better for him, and once Gracie had his back, it was only a matter of time – although the end came not by choke, but by neck crank.
Results: Neiman Gracie def. Zak Bucia via Submission (Neck Crank) at 2:27, R2