See how the MMA community reacted to Goiti Yamauchi scoring a second-round KO win over Neiman Gracie in the Bellator 284 main event, just Yamauchi’s second fight at welterweight
Despite both men being experts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (which is an understatement for Gracie), the two didn’t get into a grappling battle right away. Instead, the two struck in close, with Yamauchi getting the upper hand.
Yamauchi would take the first round by rocking Gracie with a right hand before scoring a takedown.
Gracie attempted to pull guard in the second round, but Yamauchi elected to stand and kick his legs.
After the referee forced the fight back to the feet in full with about 90 seconds left in the round, Gracie fired off a series of jabs. It was there, however, that Yamauchi tagged Gracie with an uppercut on the chin to knock him out cold.
Bellator 284: Twitter reacts to Goiti Yamauchi vs. Neiman Gracie
This marked Gracie’s first time dropping back-to-back fights, having come into this bout off a loss to current Bellator interim welterweight champion Logan Storley. Gracie hasn’t been able to string consecutive wins together since losing his then-undefeated record to then-champion Rory MacDonald in 2019.
Yamauchi has now won three straight and is now 2-0 at welterweight after a successful debut against Levan Chokheli in April.