Neiman Gracie


Falls to MacDonald in semifinals
June 16, 2019
Gracie lost to Rory MacDonald via unanimous decision (46-49, 47-48, 47-48) at Bellator 222 on June 14 at Madison Square Garden.
Gracie's MMA career got off to an exceptional start, as he racked up eight submissions en route to a perfect 9-0 record, which isn't all that surprising given the family name. He was met with the toughest challenge of his professional career Friday, however, and came up short despite threatening with a submission on multiple occasions. MacDonald also happens to be a Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt (under David Lea), and he showed exceptional submission defense whenever Gracie looked like he may be clamping in a hold. MacDonald was the better fighter on the feet, of course, and wasn't intimidated by going to the ground with a Gracie. In fact, MacDonald used takedowns to his own advantage in several instances, where he racked up points via ground-and-pound. Gracie has no problem with the middle tier of the Bellator roster, but he'll need to become a more complete martial artist before going toe-to-toe with the elite again.
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Outlasts the wrestler
December 16, 2018
Gracie defeated Ed Ruth via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:17 of Round 4 at Bellator 213 on Saturday in Honolulu.
On paper this was a wrestler versus a grappler, and it turned out that way in the fight. Ruth was able to score takedowns in the first three rounds. He did a good job of avoiding submissions on the floor. However, the effort depleted his energy reserves. Once the fourth round started, Gracie was clearly the fresher fighter. He scored a takedown and took the back. From there, it was only a matter of time until he locked in the rear-naked choke. With the victory, Gracie moves on in the Bellator welterweight tournament. In the next round, he will face the winner of the upcoming bout between champion Rory MacDonald and Jon Fitch.
Picks up yet another submission at Bellator 198
April 28, 2018
Gracie defeated Javier Torres via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:18 of Round 2 at Bellator 198 on Saturday in Chicago.
Gracie has been fighting exclusively for Bellator since signing with the promotion in 2014. Prior to this bout, he had won four of his last five fights via submission.Gracie kept that momentum going here. In the first round, he controlled the fight on the ground before dropping back for a leg lock. He came out in the second round and once again took the fight to the ground. Gracie then passed to mount, locked on an arm-triangle choke and finished the fight. At this level, Gracie will continue to run through opponents. It will be interesting to see what happens when he is matched against a higher level welterweight.
Adds fight against Javier Torres
February 9, 2018
Gracie will take on Javier Torres at Bellator 198 on April 28 in Rosemont, Illinois, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Gracie enters having defeated Zak Bucia via submission (neck crank) during his previous time in the ring in October. That victory boosted his career mark to 7-0 and now he will set his sights on Torres. The two were supposed to meet during that card in October, but Torres was forced to withdraw due to an injury. This will be the Bellator debut for "Chunty Boy" who comes in with a 10-3 record as a professional.
Picks up his sixth victory via submission at Bellator 185
October 20, 2017
Gracie defeated Zak Bucia via submission (neck crank) at 2:27 of Round 2 at Bellator 185 on Friday in Uncasville, Conn.
This was another fight and another dominant grappling performance from Gracie. While he finished the fight with a second-round neck crank, Gracie showed just enough striking to close the distance. After seven professional fights, he now has six wins via submission. He has been getting better and better during his Bellator run, but it will still be interesting to see what happens when he faces off against a fighter he can't drag to the ground.
Wins swing bout over Dave Marfone at Bellator 180
June 24, 2017
Gracie defeated Dave Marfone via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:27 of Round 2 at Bellator 180 on Saturday in New York City.
These two fighters were originally set to be part of the Spike TV portion of the card. However, it became the swing bout and did not go on until after the co-main event. Gracie scored a few takedowns in the first, but he could not finish via submission. He continued to move forward and work for the back. In the second round, he locked into the back mount and locked on the rear-naked choke.