Bellator 284 will see two grappling gods as Neiman Gracie and Goiti Yamauchi fight for control.
It’s a graps-tastic encounter at Bellator 284, as Neiman Gracie and Goti Yamauchi square off in a battle of the best grapplers in Bellator. Gracie is of course a member of the iconic MMA family that he shares a name with and may be the best of his generation. He has nine submissions to his name and is 11-3 overall. He’s taking on Yamauchi who has more submission wins than anyone in Bellator history. His nine submissions in the company are a record but he also has a whopping 21 overall.
This is going to be an encounter of the highest grappling order and while you likely won’t see a KO or TKO of any kind with these two men, if you appreciate high-level grappling, this is the main event for you.
That’s not all, however. Former Bellator interim heavyweight champion Valentin Moldavsky makes his return to the Bellator cage after his loss to Ryan Bader, which unified the heavyweight titles. Moldavsky is taking on Steve Mowry, the undefeated prospect who is making a huge leap in competition.
The always tough out in Bruna Ellen squares off with former Bellator flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, who is on a two-fight losing streak, the first of her career. Fans will also get to see Said Sowma, who may be in line for a heavyweight title fight if he can get a couple more wins.
Plus Austin Vanderford returns to the cage after he got walloped by Gegard Mousasi in their middleweight title bout. Vanderford hopes to get back on the winning path after his first career loss by taking on Aaron Jeffery.
Here’s all you need to know to watch
Date: Aug. 12, 2022
Start Time: Prelims 7 PM ET/ Main Card 10 PM ET
Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Venue: Sanford Pentagon
Main Card: Showtime
Prelim: Youtube/Pluto TV
Neiman Gracie vs. Goiti Yamauchi
Valentin Moldavsky vs. Steve Mowry
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Bruna Ellen
Said Sowma vs. Gokhan Saricam
Austin Vanderford vs. Aaron Jeffery
Josh Hill vs. Marcos Breno
DeAnna Bennett vs. Justine Kish
Jordan Newman vs. Lance Wright
Sullivan Cauley vs. Tyson Jeffries
Pat Downey vs. Keyes Nelson
Isaiah Hokit vs. Nick Perez
Bailey Schoenfelder vs. Mark Currier
Mitchell McKee vs. Tony Ortega