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Neiman Gracie knows what he’s going to do. His opponents know. We all know. Don’t like it? Blame his wife.

In Friday’s Bellator 185 co-headliner, Gracie (7-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) picked up a second-round submission victory over short-notice opponent and fellow welterweight Zak Bucia (18-9 MMA, 0-1 BMMA).

The undefeated 28-year-old Brazilian, who’s the great-grandson of Carlos Gracie, is obviously a jiu-jitsu specialist. In fact, it was a second-round neck crank that earned him his win in the Spike-televised bout at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

With his latest victory, Gracie hopes to fight again as early as December. And what’s he going to do in his next bout? The usual.

“I’m going to go for a takedown and try to get my choke, you know?” he said. “It’s safe.

“And I still got to look good. Otherwise, my wife will be mad at me.”

Bucia proved harder to submit than some of his previous WSOF and Bellator opponents. Gracie was appreciative of both the challenge and Bucia’s willingness to take the fight as a replacement for Javier Torres on just a few days’ notice.

“Man, I thank him for taking the fight because he’s a warrior – to take this fight on short notice,” Gracie said. “My other opponent, he got injured, I think, and he backed off the fight with a week’s notice.

“This camp was the craziest camp I ever had because I got hurt so many times. And I thought about leaving the fight too, but once I sign a fight, I never back down. I’ve never done that before. I hurt my back. I hurt my knees. Crazy things happened. I got punched in my ear. My ear got cut … and was the size of a baseball, and I kept training and training.”

Gracie, though, thinks he’ll be cleared to fight again quickly, which is why he’s targeting one more bout before year’s end.

“I want to do this more and more,” he said. “Like I said before, all I do is eat, sleep and train. So, why not fight more?

“Plus I’m having a kid. So I need to make money.”

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