clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Full fight replay! Jon Fitch retires after loss to Neiman Gracie at Bellator 246

New, comments

Normally the winner of the fight is the focus, but in Gracie vs. Fitch it was an entirely different story ...

Bellator 246: “Archuleta vs. Mix” took place Sept. 12, 2020, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The main event was booked to fill a hole at Bantamweight by having Patrick Mix (13-0) and “The Spaniard” Juan Archuleta (24-2) meet. They were the top contenders of a weight class with no champion after Kyoji Horiguchi vacated the title.

Mix and Archuleta weren’t the only men with history at stake. Long-time mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Jon Fitch (32-7-2, 1 NC) came within a hair’s breadth of becoming Welterweight champion at Bellator 220, but had to settle for a draw instead. While getting back to a title match was undoubtedly a concern, Fitch had vowed he was ready to retire the next time he lost.

Neiman Gracie (9-1) made sure he wouldn’t have to wait long to ride off into the sunset. His only loss to date came against Rory MacDonald, the same man Fitch went to a draw with, so on paper it might have seemed like Fitch had the advantage. Gracie took down the long-time MMA veteran and caught him with an inverted heel hook he couldn’t escape even with short time left in round two, leading to a submission at 4:47 and the post-fight retirement.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.