Stylistically, Neiman Gracie thinks he’s the worst matchup for newly topped Bellator welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov.
A multiple-time jiu-jitsu champ, 90 % of Gracie’s wins have come by submission. And though Amosov (26-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) is a grappling specialist himself, Gracie (10-2 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) doesn’t see him as nicely versed on the bottom as he’s.
“My future plan is to face Yaroslav Amosov for the belt,” Gracie instructed MMA Junkie. “It’s an excellent matchup. We’re each grapplers. I really feel my sport brings probably the most hazard to his. He likes takedowns. However on the bottom, he doesn’t have a lot to supply. I believe it will likely be an thrilling battle for the followers, to see two nice grapplers face off.”
However first Gracie has to get via Mark Lemminger (12-3 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) within the co-main occasion of Bellator 266 on Saturday, the place he’ll look to notch one other submission win.
“Mark Lemminger is hard,” Gracie mentioned. “He’s an entire fighter. I really feel he prefers to wrestle. He has a powerful base. However I see myself successful by submission inside two rounds.”
After an unbeaten begin to his professional MMA profession, Gracie has dropped two of his previous three, most just lately a unanimous determination loss to Jason Jackson at Bellator 255 in April. Upset with the loss, No. 4-ranked Gracie wish to run issues again with Jackson sooner or later, who’s ranked one spot forward of him in Bellator’s welterweight standings.
“I’m proud of the way in which my profession has been coming alongside,” Gracie mentioned “I’m completely happy to be in Bellator. It retains on rising. Relating to my loss to Jason Jackson, I truly felt I received that bout. However the judges gave it to him. I’d like to get a rematch as quickly as doable.”
Bellator 266 takes place Saturday at SAP Heart in San Jose, Calif. The principle card airs on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.