Fighting out of New York City, New York, United States, Neiman Gracie, 30, has earned his ninth victory in Bellator MMA. He was one of the winners at “Bellator 213” at the Neal S. Blaisdelle Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States on December 15, 2018.
“Bellator 213” featured 12 mixed martial arts matches. In the 10th bout of the evening, Gracie faced Ed “Easy” Ruth, 28, of San Diego, California, USA in the quarterfinal of Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix.
Referee Mike Beltran put a stop to the welterweight bout between Gracie and Ruth after 2 minutes and 17 seconds in the fourth round. The fighter from New York submitted his Californian opponent via rear-naked choke.
This was the third time Gracie won a professional MMA bout via rear-naked choke submission. By beating Ruth at “Bellator 213,” the New York native was able to maintain his undefeated record.
Gracie now holds a professional MMA record of 9 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Ruth has 6 wins and 1 loss.
As an MMA fighter, Gracie has been competing professionally since 2013. He submitted Darren Costa, 26, of Pasadena, Maryland, USA via armbar at “WSOF 5” at Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA on September 14, 2013 and Dustin Holyko, 33, of Port Orange, Florida, USA via rear-naked choke at “WSOF 11” at Ocean Center in Daytona, Beach, Florida on July 5, 2014.
On February 27, 2015, Gracie made a successful Bellator MMA debut at “Bellator 134” at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA. He submitted Bobby Flynn of Mashpee, Massachusetts, USA via neck crank.
On March 4, 2016, Gracie defeated Roger “The Leprechaun” Carroll of Claremont, North Carolina, USA via unanimous decision at “Bellator 151” at Winstar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma, USA. It was the only professional MMA bout of Gracie that did not end in a submission.
The other MMA fighters who lost to Gracie in Bellator MMA were Rudy “Bad News” Bears, 40, of Raytown, Missouri, USA, Dave “Flexter” Marfone, 32, of New Hartford, New York, Zak “Crash” Bucia, 34, of Lawrence, Kansas, USA and Javier “Chunty Boy” Torres, 33, of Sonora, Mexico. Gracie also submitted Marfone via rear-naked choke.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 12, 1988, Gracie is a fourth generation member of the Gracie Family of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His father is Brazilian martial artist Márcio “Macarrão” Stambowsky, 59, an eighth-degree coral belt degree in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and his mother is Robson Gracie’s daughter Carla Gracie.
Before competing professionally in MMA, Neiman won medals at the World Nogi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship and the New York International Open IBJJF Championship.
Here is Neiman talking about Jiu Jitsu: