Neiman Gracie, a part of the fourth generation of the famous BJJ family, featured in the co-main event at Bellator 266 last Saturday. Neiman is a son of Carla Gracie and a nephew to Renzo Gracie. He has been a part of the Bellator promotion since 2015, and has been on a roll there – overcoming some extremely proficient fighters, such as Ed Ruth.
In Bellator 266, two members of the Gracie family were featured, Neiman and Rhalan Gracie (son of coral belt Relson Gracie).
Rhalan made his Bellator debut and had a modest professional record of 0-2, so there weren’t high expectations for him and he lost a unanimous decision, so there were no surprises.
Neiman Gracie faced Mark Lemminger. After dishing out a series of thunderous uppercuts on Lemminger, he recorded his first knockout victory in less than two minutes and returned to the winning column. Neiman has now moved to 11-2 and will aim to fight for another welterweight title.
Gracie was coming off the second loss in his professional career of twelve fights. Most recently, in April, he lost to Jason Jackson during the welterweight grand prix bout. Previously, he lost to Rory MacDonald – but came back with a win against Jon Fitch (via Heel Hook).
Lemminger earned a TKO win against Demarques Jackson in June, and this was his fifth. Bellator appearance.
Neiman has had the most success in mixed martial arts in the recent history of his family. It’s yet to be seen if he’ll continue on with his victorious stride.
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