Bellator 284 Preview

Daniel Cunningham
Jun 14, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Neiman Gracie is introduced before his fight against Rory MacDonald (not pictured) during Bellator 222 at Madison Square Garden. MacDonald won the fight. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, Bellator returns and they are featuring a matchup between two elite grapplers in their main event. In the main event, welterweights Neiman Gracie (11-3) will take on fellow grappler Goiti Yamauchi (27-5).

For Neiman Gracie, he’s going to be looking to bounce back. In his last fight at Bellator 274 earlier this year, he was defeated by current interim welterweight champion Logan Storley. Storley was able to mitigate the offense from Neiman Gracie.

Overall, Gracie is just 2-3 in his last five after starting his professional career out at 9-0. While he is looking to avoid two-straight losses and his opponent is looking to continue a winning streak.

Goiti Yamauchi last fought at Bellator 279 where he submitted Levan Chokhell in the first round. It was the second straight win for Yamauchi who previously had stopped Chris Gonzalez in the first round as well.

This is a big fight for Bellator’s welterweight division. Gracie is ranked fifth in the division and if Yamauchi can come in and defeat him, he’s going to be inching his way towards title contention.

Other Bellator 284 Matchups

In addition to this welterweight matchup, heavyweights will battle it out in the Bellator 284 co-main event. Former title challenger Valentin Moldavski (11-2) returns as he takes on the undefeated Steve Mowry (10-0).

Mowry made his Bellator debut when he was just 4-0. Since joining the promotion, he’s gone 6-0 with only one opponent making it to the second round. So far in his career, not a single fight has gone the distance, but he faces a stiff test in the Russian Moldavski.

Also on the card is former champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (11-2) as she takes on Bruna Ellen (6-3). Worth noting that Macfarlane missed weight for this matchup and she’s trying to snap a two-fight losing streak after starting her career a perfect 11-0.

Austin Vanderford also returns as he kicks off the main card against Aaron Jeffery. Overall, it’s not the biggest of cards in terms of name power, but tonight’s card should still produce some solid action.