Rhalan Gracie is part of the single most famous family in BJJ history and there will always be fairly high expectations on his shoulders, with Bellator 277 being no exception. The son of Relson Gracie was coming into the fight with a less than impressive record in professional MMA, having lost every single one of his previous fights. He fought just twice on the regional circuit back in the mid-2000s and lost both before leaving the sport entirely for over a decade. He then made his promotional debut at Bellator 266 and was facing a relative newcomer to the sport in Shane Keefe but ended up losing a unanimous decision to take his professional record to 0-3.
At Bellator 277, it’s likely that his future with the promotion was on the line for Rhalan Gracie and unfortunately, things did not go his way. His fight against Tyson Miller was called off after just one round as the cageside doctor put a stop to the fight and would not let Gracie continue. This took his promotional record to 0-2 and his overall professional MMA record to 0-4, so it’s likely that Bellator choose to part ways with him in a similar fashion to his relative, Khonry Gracie. Elsewhere there was plenty of excitement at Bellator 277 as two title-fights headlined the card and Patricio Freire put on a phenomenal display to take the title from the previously undefeated Featherweight world champion and elite MMA grappler, A.J McKee.
Bellator 277 Full Results
Patricio Freire defeats A.J. McKee via Decision – Unanimous (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Freire wins the Bellator Featherweight World Championship
Vadim Nemkov v Corey Anderson ends in No Contest – Accidental Headbutt (Round 3, 4:53)
Nemkov retains the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship
Aaron Pico defeats Adli Edwards via TKO – Strikes (Round 3, 0:55)
Linton Vassell defeats Tim Johnson via TKO – Punches (Round 1, 4:21)
Tyson Miller defeats Rhalan Gracie via TKO – Doctor’s Stoppage (Round 1, 5:00)
Tyrell Fortune defeats Rakim Cleveland via TKO – Punches (Round 1, 1:38)
Dovletzhan Yagshimuradov defeats Rafael Carvalho via TKO – Punches (Round 2, 4:04)
Bobby Seronio III defeats Calob Ramirez via Knockout – Punch (Round 2, 2:14)
Gaston Bolanos defeats Daniel Carey via TKO – Punches (Round 1, 4:59)
Kyle Crutchmer defeats Michael Lombardo via Decision – Unanimous (29-28, 30-27×2)
Edwin De Los Santos defeats Alberto Martinez Mendez via Decision – Unanimous (30-27×3)
Rogelio Luna defeats Socrates Hernandez via TKO – Punches (Round 3, 4:48)
Laird Anderson defeats J.T. Donaldson via Submission – Rear-naked Choke (Round 1, 2:44)
Theo Haig defeats Alan Benson via Submission – Rear-naked Choke (Round 1, 2:08)
To watch the full Bellator 277 event replay including Tyson Miller v Rhalan Gracie on Showtime, click here.