Prospects collided in the opening round of the Bellator welterweight grand-prix and it was the BJJ of Neiman Gracie that got the job done in the end.
All things considered, it was a great fight for both guys at this point in their respective careers.
Each man entered the grand-prix with a level of pro-MMA experience that paled in comparison to the others but both were seen as potential dark horses within the bracket.
It was the classic showdown of wrestling and jiu-jitsu and when all was said and done on the night, it was Gracie who got the job done.
Tiring out his opponent through relentless submission attempts – eventually Neiman was able to secure the win in the fourth-round, forcing a tap by way of rear-naked choke.
With this win, he has set himself up for a title-shot against the winner of Rory MacDonald vs. Jon Fitch in the semi-finals. The 170lb belt will be up for grabs in every fight that the divisional champ is a part of.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena