Though Bellator champion Ben Askren and Season 4 Tournament winner Jay Hieron currently have their sights set on each other and a future title-fight, when things are said and done this fall the winner’s attention may very well lie with the latest welterweight to join Bellator’s growing 170-pound roster.
According to a promotional press release, Bellator has signed former MFC champ Douglas Lima who will enter the promotion with six straight wins including an opening round knockout of UFC veteran Terry Martin in a defense last month at MFC 29.
“Over the last two years, Douglas has taken his game to an entirely different level. Many considered him one of the top unsigned welterweights in MMA today. I’m very happy to say that he’s no longer unsigned and that he will be fighting for Bellator,” glowed Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney at the inking. “We continue to develop one of the strongest 170 lbs. divisions in the sport, and Douglas will be a fantastic addition to that.”
The 23-year old Lima holds an overall record of 18-4 with an impressive number of finishing performances to his credit. Among his eleven submission wins and five TKOs are victories over Eric Davila and Ryan Ford, instances of success he credits to his general in-ring approach.
“I just really want to finish all of my fights,” Lima explained. “Every time I fight, I’m always looking for some way to finish. I don’t like leaving my fate in the hands of the judges. If we stand up I’m going to try to knock my opponent’s head off, and if we go to the ground, I’m good there too.”
One of the potential foes Lima could see in the Bellator ring is Season 4 tournament semi-finalist Brent Weedman who submitted him three years ago in a previous match-up. It’s a possibility “The Phenom” is certainly open to, though ultimately he hopes to simply put on entertaining performances regardless of how he’s facing.
“I was very young when I fought him. He’s a cool guy, but I wouldn’t mind getting back inside the cage with him to get that one back,” Lima began.
“I always want to win, but sometimes it’s almost more important for me to put on an exciting fight,” he continued. “I want to be in a fight where I can go home and watch in the next day and be like, ‘Wow! That was awesome’. I want to put on the kind of performance that makes the people like me. I’m not going to go in there and just lay on a guy or run around the cage. When I step inside the cage, I’m ready to go to war. I’m not in there to play around.”
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