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Watch: Neiman Gracie Submits Ed Ruth In The Fourth, Advances To Semis

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.

We had the opportunity to interview both Gracie and Ruth just prior to last night’s bout. Both interviews are available to read using the hyperlinks highlighted in red above.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]