Oddsmakers Favor Neiman Gracie to Win Bellator 266 Co-Main Event

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  • Neiman Gracie is a -180 betting favorite at Saturday’s Bellator 266 co-main event.
  • Gracie was favoed in seven out of his last nine bouts.
  • Mark Lemminger has been the betting underdog in four out of his five previous bouts with recorded odds.

Neiman Gracie’s path back to title contention looks good as the best MMA betting sites have listed him as the -180 betting favorite against Mark Lemminger (+150).

Gracie and Lemminger are scheduled to co-headline Bellator 266 this Saturday night at the SAP Arena in San Jose, California. The event will be headlined by the Bellator debut of Yoel Romero who will take on former light heavyweight champion Phil Davis.

Making Up for Lost Time

The 4th ranked Gracie is trying to make up for the lost time. After losing to Rory Macdonald in the Bellator World Grand Prix semifinals on June 14, 2019, Gracie saw a December return bout canceled due to injury. When he regained his health, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down spots. He finally returned at Bellator 246 on September 12, 2020, where he submitted Jon Fitch. But Gracie’s momentum was halted when he was upset as a -140 odds on favorite against Jason Jackson.

Overall, Gracie has a record of 10-2 with nine of his victories coming via submission. He has been underdog only twice in his last seven bouts, closing as a 185 underdog during his loss to MacDonald and as a +350 when he upset former NCAA Division I wrestling champion Ed Ruth at the Bellator Grand Prix quarterfinals in 2018.

The 32-year-old Brazilian is a fourth-generation member of MMA’s famed Gracie Family of Jiu-Jitsu practitioners. He is the son of Carla Gracie who is the daughter of Robson Gracie. Neiman is a second-degree BJJ black belt under Renzo and Royce Gracie. After starting his MMA career with a 9-0 record, Gracie is just 1-2 in his last three bouts.

Determined to Get His Hand Raised

Lemminger meanwhile, was determined to get his hand raised in his most recent bout. He got the job done as he knocked out Demarques Johnson inside two rounds at Bellator 260 last June. That bout stands as the only one in his last five where he has opened and closed as the betting favorite. Lemminger was listed as a -150 betting favorite on fight night.

Prior to that win, the 28-year old from Madison, Wisconsin had dropped two fights in a row, losing via TKO to current welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov as a +600 underdog and a unanimous decision loss to Jaleel Willis as the +165 bottom dog.

In his two other bouts with betting odds on record, Lemminger produced a pair of stoppage victories despite the oddsmakers going against him. Lemminger choked out Isaac Steele at LFA 70 as a +105 bottom dog and scored a TKO over Jake Smith as a -111 minus money underdog. Lemminger is 12-3 with six wins via knockout and three via submission.

Shane Acedera

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