Gracie power is starting to take over Bellator MMA. The announcement of Royce Gracie as brand ambassador was received well, and now another Gracie looks to dominate the headlines.
The Gracie name has become synoyms with mixed martial arts ever since Royce made brought the brazilian sport of jiu-jitsu to the western masses at UFC 1 in 1993. The student of the legendary Helio Gracie would go on to win the tournament and become one of the faces of the sport’s expansive boom throughout the nineties.
Undefeated Neiman Gracie (2-0), makes the move from World Series of Fighting, after picking up two submission wins under their banner. After his contract with the promotion expired, Bellator made the move for the Brazilian, and he is expected to make his promotional debut February next year.
He announced on his Instagram page: “I just signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA,” adding “I’m very happy to be part of this great company! I’m happy to represent jiu-jitsu in this great event.”
During his WSOF run, Gracie submitted Darren Costa by armbar, and Dustin Holyko by rear naked choke.
Gracie will compete at welterweight in Bellator, which is also the home of UK superstar Paul Daley. The champion of the division is Douglas Lima.
Photo Credit – WSOF