After submitting Jon Fitch in the Bellator 246 co-main event last Saturday (12), Neiman Gracie not only won the most significant victory of his career, but also put himself in a position to plead for a fight for the welterweight belt (77 kg) of the entity. In a conversation with the press after the show, the Brazilian praised the importance of the triumph over the veteran and placed himself first in line for a ‘title shot’ in the division.
In the black belt’s view, Fitch, who was undefeated since 2014, was the number one challenger of the welterweight and, therefore, with the victory over him, Neiman bets that he stole from the former UFC the position of first in line as next to try to dethrone Douglas Lima, the current champion of the category. Aware that the compatriot will dispute Bellator’s medium-weight belt (84 kg) next month against Gegard Mousasi, the Gracie family member suggested that the duel between them take place in December.
“I think this is one of the biggest wins of my career. Jon Fitch is one of the best welterweights of all time, whether you like it or not, he is. He won every welterweight you can imagine – he only lost to champions, so he’s a very tough guy. In my opinion, (Fitch) was the number one challenger. He had a tie against the other champion (Rory MacDonald), which he should have won. puts me in position # 1, for sure “, declared Neiman Gracie, before continuing.
“If the belt is not in the next fight, then I will fight anyone who is at the top. I can’t wait for my next fight. I want to fight again soon. I want to fight this year, so everyone at Bellator, please give me the next fight soon. (Douglas) Lima will fight next month, so maybe we can fight in December if he goes down to welterweight again “, suggested the fighter, according to the website ‘MMA Junkie’ .
With the triumph in the second round, the Brazilian expanded his cartel to ten victories (nine by submission), in a resume as a professional who still has a defeat, to Rory MacDonald in June 2019. Like Douglas Limas, champion of the welterweights (77 kg) facing Gegard Mousasi in October, Neiman may have to make another presentation before competing for the belt.