Neiman Gracie vs. Kiichi Kunimoto has been added to Bellator 236 on Dec. 21 in Honolulu, promotion officials told ESPN. Gracie, nephew of Renzo Gracie, is coming off the first loss of his pro MMA career, to Rory MacDonald in the semifinals of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix in June. Kunimoto had a two-fight winning streak snapped by Ed Ruth in July.
After getting KO'd by Derrick Lewis in a fight he was winning in October 2018, Alexander Volkov fought cautiously -- or, as his translator said, "mathematically" -- so as not to get caught by Greg Hardy. Not a stirring performance, but Volkov won and Hardy got to measure himself against a Top 10 heavyweight.
Alexander Volkov wins a clear decision in the co-main event -- 30-27 on all three scorecards -- but going the distance with the No. 7-ranked heavyweight is a victory of sorts for Greg Hardy, or at least a building block as his young career evolves.