On an already stacked card including Lyoto Machida, Ryan Bader, Liz Carmouche and Cat Zingano we now get the opportunity to see another fantastic fight at Bellator 256 on April 9th, 2021.

Goiti Yamauchi vs Dan Moret will see one of Bellator’s greatest homegrown Lightweights take on an ex-UFC fighter attempting to make a resurgence in his career under the Bellator banner. 

In March of 2021, Bellator MMA finally released their long awaited official rankings for all divisions in the organization. Goiti Yamauchi (25-4) who boasts a decorated Bellator career losing only 3 of his 14 bouts with the promotion, has been designated the #3 Lightweight contender in the league.

Having only lost to the UFC’s Michael Chandler since 2016, Yamauchi has established himself as one of the people to beat, for those who want a crack at Lightweight gold. However, with 20 submissions in 25 wins, Yamauchi poses many a threat especially on the ground.

Coupled with ever improving boxing as evident in his recent training footage, the Japanese-Brazilian MMA star has increasingly become a well rounded and difficult problem to solve.

Dan Moret (14-6) will be making his promotional debut with Bellator after a year and a half outside the cage. After a disappointing 3 fight skid in the UFC where Moret would meet the future title challenger Gilbert Burns, Moret was at a crossroads in his career.

With his back against the wall, Moret managed to secure an impressive second round TKO at UAE Warriors 9 in November of 2019. This win was enough to catapult Moret back into the big show where he will get the rare opportunity against the #3 Bellator contender, to establish himself in the top rankings of the division.

While many eyes will be on Machida and Bader in the main event, Goiti Yamauchi and Dan Moret pose an interesting match for a spot in the 155lb division.

While Yamauchi, on paper, seems like the fighter with everything to lose, many fans see this fight as an opportunity for him to make up for disappointingly missing weight in his last match.

For Moret, rarely do these top 5 fights come in any of the major MMA promotions, and even more rarely do you get a second shot.

On an already riveting card, don’t forget to tune into this one.

By Braeden Arbour

I am a Media Studies and Literature graduate from Trent University in Ontario, Canada, a black belt in Shorin Ryu Karate, and a blue belt in Judo. I hope to persue a career in sports journalism and writing about various elements around the world of martial arts.

One thought on “Goiti Yamauchi vs Dan Moret Added as Last Minute Addition to Bellator 256”
  1. Wouldn’t of even known Yamauchi was fighting on Bellator 256 if I didn’t read this article. Looking forward to seeing Yamauchi show off his skills this Friday.

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