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Neiman Gracie vs. Mark Lemminger co-headlines Bellator 266 in San Jose

Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Neiman Gracie (pictured) returns to action against Mark Lemminger
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One of the top welterweights on the Bellator roster is set to return to the circular cage as Neiman Gracie meets Mark Lemminger, promotion officials told MMA Fighting. The bout will serve as the co-main event for Bellator 266 in San Jose, Calif., on Sept. 18.

Gracie (10-2) has gone 1-1 since challenging Rory MacDonald for the 170-pound championship in 2019, tapping Jon Fitch with a heel hook before dropping a decision to Jason Jackson this past April. The 32-year-old Gracie currently holds an 8-2 record under the Bellator banner with all but one of his wins coming by way of submission.

Lemminger (12-3) joined Bellator in 2020 and stopped Jake Smith in his debut before losing to future champion Yaroslav Amosov and Jaleel Willis later that year. Lemminger rebounded in June, finishing ex-LFA title contender Demarques Jackson in the second round.

Bellator 266 will have a different start time than usual as part of a special combat sports doubleheader on Showtime. Earlier that night, the super bantamweight world championship of boxing will be on the line between Brandon Figueroa and Stephen Fulton Jr. Bellator 266 kicks off immediately after the boxing showdown.

Bellator 266 will be headlined by the highly anticipated promotional debut of Yoel Romero, drawing Phil Davis in a 205-pound bout. Check the updated lineup below.

Main card (live on Showtime)
Phil Davis vs. Yoel Romero
Neiman Gracie vs. Mark Lemminger
Alejandra Lara vs. DeAnna Bennett

Preliminary card (live on YouTube)
Adam Piccolotti vs. Saul Rogers
Grant Neal vs. Alex Polizzi
Christian Edwards vs. Ben Parrish
Khalid Murtazaliev vs. Travis Davis
Abraham Vaesau vs. Albert Gonzales

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