LOS ANGELES — The full event lineup for "Bellator 284: Gracie vs. Yamauchi," which is scheduled to take place on Friday, August 12 from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been rounded out with a total of five exhilarating main card matchups and ten preliminary bouts.
The main card, which airs live on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET is headlined by a five-round welterweight main event between Neiman Gracie (11-3) and fellow submission ace Goiti Yamauchi (27-5). Top heavyweights clash in the co-main event when former interim champion and current No. 1 ranked-Valentin Moldavsky (11-2) faces off with undefeated No. 5-ranked contender Steve Mowry (10-0), and former flyweight champion and No. 4-ranked Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (11-2) takes on Brazil's Bruna Ellen (6-3) in a feature bout. The return of No. 2-ranked middleweight Austin Vanderford against late-notice replacement Aaron Jeffery (12-3) and a battle between top-10 ranked heavyweights Said Sowma (8-3) and Gokhan Saricam (7-1) complete the main card portion of the event.
Canada's Jeffery, 29, wowed Bellator fans with a second-round TKO of Brazil's Fabio Aguiar (18-3) in his promotional debut at June's Bellator 282. Jeffery steps in to face Vanderford on short notice after the withdrawal of originally-scheduled foe No. 9-ranked Anthony Adams (9-2). Jeffery, a former CFFC middleweight champion, has won six of his last seven fights and will leap at a massive opportunity against Vanderford, the division's No. 2-ranked contender and a recent title challenger.
In other updates to the event, a featherweight bout between Fresno State wrestling alumnus Isaiah Hokit (1-1) and nine-fight amateur Nick Perez (0-0) has been changed to a lightweight bout. Additionally, M, A, Yah II (4-0) steps in to face South Dakota State wrestler amateur Brett Bye (1-0) in a 175-pound contract weight amateur fight. A middleweight bout between Jordan Newman (4-0) and Lance Wright (5-2) has been canceled.
The preliminary portion of the card kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and features a bevy of compelling fights. No. 9-ranked bantamweight Josh Hill (21-4) seeks to repel Brazilian finisher Marcos Breno (14-2) in his first fight since withdrawing from the Bellator bantamweight world grand prix, wrestling star Patrick Downey III (0-0) makes his MMA debut, plus additional undefeated prospects Sullivan Cauley (3-0) and Bailey Schoenfelder (2-0) are both set for action on the talent-stacked preliminary show.
"Bellator 284: Gracie vs. Yamauchi" will be broadcast on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, August 12, live from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The preliminary portion of the card will air free-to-watch beginning at 6 p.m. ET on the Bellator MMA YouTube channel, the Showtime Sports YouTube channel, and Pluto TV.
The latest Bellator 284 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (9 p.m. ET, Showtime)
- Neiman Gracie vs. Goiti Yamauchi
- Valentin Moldavsky vs. Steve Mowry
- Ilima-Lei MacFarlane vs. Bruna Ellen
- Said Sowma vs. Gokhan Saricam
- Austin Vanderford vs. Aaron Jeffery
PRELIMINARY CARD (6 p.m. ET, YouTube)
- Josh Hill vs. Marcos Breno
- DeAnna Bennett vs. Justine Kish
- Sullivan Cauley vs. Tyson Jeffries
- Patrick Downey III vs. Jeff Souder
- Isaiah Hokit vs. Nick Perez
- Bailey Schoenfelder vs. Mark Currier
- Mitchell McKee vs. Tony Ortega
- Brett Bye vs. M, A, Yah II