A battle of grappling experts ends in a knockout, as Goiti Yamauchi drops Neiman Gracie in the Bellator 284 main event
Yamauchi, who previously competed at featherweight and lightweight, has now won three straight and is now 2-0 at welterweight.
Despite being a Bellator veteran, this was Yamauchi’s first Bellator main event.
Bellator 284: Goiti Yamauchi knocks Neiman Gracie out cold in battle of BJJ experts
The two opened the fight by battling in close, though not exactly with either man having a clear grappling advantage. It, instead, was a striking battle that saw Yamauchi rock Gracie with a right hand a couple of minutes into the bout. It was at that point, halfway through the first, that Yamauchi scored the first takedown of the fight. Gracie got up quickly, but it was clear Yamauchi had the momentum.
Gracie tried to pull guard early, but Yamauchi refused to go with him. Yamauchi focused on leg kicks while Gracie remained in guard until being forced up with about 90 seconds left in the round.
Gracie came after Yamauchi with a series of jabs, to which Yamauchi confusingly dropped his guard. Suddenly, Yamauchi landed an uppercut on the button that dropped Gracie out cold.