Bellator 185 had a high profile main event in Gegard Mousasi’s debut bout with the promotion against Alexander Shlemenko. However, a name on the card synonymous with mixed martial arts also got his seventh win in MMA on a night the family that helped birth the sport of MMA was on hand in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Enter Neiman Gracie
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an absolute requirement to be successful in the fight game and it has been a while in MMA since the Gracie name was prominent on the rosters of various promotions around the globe. The humble, yet dominant, Neiman Gracie put on another display of what his family is known for. Not only did he secure his seventh win as a professional mixed martial artist but he did so with a submission, the sixth one in his career.
Gracie displayed the patience that comes over time in training the martial art when securing the dominant position on Zak Bucia and taking his time to work his hands in a position to sink in a finish. In the second round of the bout, with some help from Renzo Gracie, he was able to secure a position on Bucia that would cause a crank on the neck that looked like a choke to get the tap from Bucia.
Humble in victory
After securing the win, Gracie was humble in his post-fight interview thanking Bucia first for taking the fight on short notice and still bringing a challenge to the 28-year-old black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In Bucia’s ten-year career he had never been submitted so being able to secure that type of win on such a game opponent like Bucia meant a lot to Gracie who has fought three times in a 12-month span.
Wear and tear
In combat sports, being that active does come at a cost as Gracie admitted to starting to feel the wear and tear of the fight camps preparing to face opponents at the highest levels of MMA. During the media scrum after the event, he said he was dealing with back and knee injuries, the knee is the most lingering of the two. Taking time off might be a good idea, but Gracie would rather get another fight sooner than later.
One thing is certain, Jimmy Smith called Neiman, the “new generation” of Gracie and at Bellator 185 along with Gracie were Royce and Renzo to remind fight fans that the Gracie family and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will always be prominent in MMA.
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