Gracie (10–1 MMA, 8–1 BMMA) originally spent the entirety of his Bellator 246 co-main event Welterweight Fighting hunting for a submission, and ultimately received a setback at the 4:47 mark of the second round .
After the fight, Fitch (32-8-2 MMA, 1-1-1 BMMA) put his gloves down to symbolize his retirement.
“It’s been a long journey, I have a lot in my body, I have a lot of things I’m looking for outside the cage in the future, so it’s time to go,” Fitch said.
Gracie worked on a fantastic clinic early on, as she attempted to present nearly half a dozen, from behind-the-naked chokes to heel hooks and everything in between. It was Fitch’s credit that he managed to get out of many hairy situations.
Fitch was neutralizing Grazie for a majority of the Verse in the second round. But Gracie did not find himself any less of a position he wanted on the mat with Fitch in the final minute, and he dodged a knee bar in a tight bar, Fitch had no choice but to submit.
Gracie made up for her first career loss, then to welterweight champion Rory Macdonald, finishing ninth out of 10 wins. Fitch, in his final fight, snatched a six-fight unbeaten streak (5–0–1).
Welterweight Fight Belter was a co-feature bout of 246, which is Tool Place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Unsville, Conn., On Saturday. The main card aired on Paramount and streams after prelims on MMR Janaki on DMZN.
Up-to-the-minute belter 246 results:
Neiman defeated Gracie. John Fitch Submission (Heel Hook) – Round 2, 4:47 Liz Carmouche Diff. Dena Bennett defeated Kioni Diggs – Round 3, 3:17 via submission (rear-naked choke). Derek Campos Technical Submission (Rear-Nude Choke) – Round 3, 4:59 from Daniel Madrid. Pat Casey defeated Ty Gewether via Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28). George Tokkos via TKO (strike) – Round 3, 1:05 defeated Davis Franklin. Ras Hilton (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) via unanimous technical decision