The significance of Goiti Yamauchi's return to the ring cannot be overstated.
Yamauchi (27-5 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) is one of the most experienced fighters on the Bellator roster, but he still sees his fight on Friday at Bellator 284 as a turning point in his career.
In the main event of Bellator 284, Yamauchi will be battling Neiman Gracie, a member of the famed Gracie family, in the main event. The Gracie family is credited with creating Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Yamauchi has a professional record of 27 wins, and 21 of those wins have been by submission.
The 29-year-old wishes he could test himself against a Gracie in a grappling match, but he won't try to press the issue.