Two Brazilian fighters topped the Bellator 284 on Friday, with former title challenger Neiman Gracie taking on Goiti Yamauchi.
As it turns out, there wasn’t much ground action at all.
Yamauchi, who only fought in his second bout after entering welterweight, started his career at featherweight before moving up to lightweight before reaching the age of 170. By the end of the game, he seemed to have settled down.
Early in Friday’s main event, outside was Yamauchi. The two would come together after about a minute, but not on the ground. Instead, in the early days, it was a one-man game. Just two minutes later, Yamauchi caught Gracie with a jab. Grace’s legs stiffened instantly. Yamauchi took the opportunity to bring Gracie to the ground, but they didn’t stay there. Gracie will escape the round, but Yamauchi has already drawn the first blood.
The second time, after some early trading, Gracie would end up on his back trying to lure Yamauchi into his defense. Yamauchi was cautious. Gracie flashed an up kick and stood up. Yamauchi then started kicking his body a few times. Later in the bout, he finished.
As Gracie came in, Yamauchi dropped his hands – but opened a massive uppercut that landed right on Neiman Gracie’s chin. The connection bounced the head back; Gracie went down immediately, and Yamauchi immediately got the biggest win of his career – becoming the first fighter to stop Gracie.
𝙃𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙨 𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣 🤯@Goiti Official Probably the most commits in Bellator’s history, but that doesn’t mean he can’t stand his ground!
— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) August 13, 2022
“I can’t describe this moment in words,” Yamauchi said after the fight, knocking out what he believed to be one of the best fighters in the world.
Official result: Goiti Yamauchi def. Neiman Gracie Knockout (uppercut), Round 2, 3:58