January 5, 1988
Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil
|Other names||The Phenom|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Team||American Top Team Atlanta|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Douglas Lima (born January 5, 1988) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Welterweight division. He currently fights for Bellator Fighting Championships where he is the current Bellator Welterweight Champion, and is the former MFC Welterweight Champion.
Mixed martial arts career
Lima was born in Brazil and moved to the United States later in life, where he began training with American Top Team Atlanta. Son to Fausto and Cologera Lima. He trains with Roan Carneiro. Lima began his professional mixed martial arts career with decent success, soon compiling a record of 5–0.
American Fight League
In May 2008, Lima had his first defense of the title against Brent Weedman. Weedman was reportedly brought in to the fight to showcase Lima's skills, as Weedman was expected to be an easy fight. Weedman threatened early on with a triangle choke which was unsuccessful. Late in the second round, Weedman again caught Lima in a triangle choke, but transitioned to an armbar, which forced Lima to submit, giving Weedman the title. Weedman would later go on to say "They brought me in because Douglas Lima would make a great champ for them. Now, it's my turn to step up. I feel good about the fact that I did a one-fight deal with them. We're going to talk a multi-fight contract now." Following the loss, Lima never appeared for the AFL promotion again.
World Extreme Cagefighting
Following another win via TKO, Lima joined World Extreme Cagefighting. His debut fight was scheduled to take place at WEC 39 against Justin Haskins. However, Lima was forced to withdraw from the card while waiting on papers to arrive from the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. Lima's WEC debut never transpired, as instead, he joined King of the Cage, where he faced another future Ultimate Fighter competitor in Charles Blanchard, losing by unanimous decision.
Maximum Fighting Championship
In September 2010, Douglas Lima joined the Maximum Fighting Championship, facing off against Ryan Ford. In front of Ford's hometown fans, Lima was able to defeat Ford via armbar, early in the second round.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Lima entered into the Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament. He fought Steve Carl in the opening round held at Bellator 49 and won the fight via unanimous decision. Lima fought Chris Lozano in the semifinals at Bellator 53 and won via KO in the second round. In the finals, he faced Ben Saunders and won via KO in the second round.
Lima defeated Jacob Ortiz via head kick and punches at 4:50 of the third round at Bellator 79 on November 2, 2012.
Lima faced Russian MMA prospect Michail Tsarev in Season Eight Welterweight Tournament on January 24, 2013 at Bellator 86. He won the fight via TKO due to leg strikes in round 2. In the semi-finals, he was scheduled to face Brent Weedman. Weedman suffered an injury and was replaced by Bryan Baker at Bellator 90 on February 21, 2013. He won the fight via knock out in the first round. He was expected to face Ben Saunders in a rematch in the tournament final at Bellator 93. Lima suffered a broken hand.
The rematch with Saunders eventually took place at Bellator 100 on September 20, 2013. Lima once again won in the second round, this time via a brutal head kick knockout.
Lima faced judo olympian Rick Hawn at Bellator 117 on April 18, 2014. After several knockdowns due to leg kicks, Lima won via TKO due to corner stoppage to win the vacant Bellator Welterweight Championship.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bellator Fighting Championships
- Maximum Fighting Championship
- MFC Welterweight Championship (One time)
- Knockout of the Night (One time)
- Submission of the Night (Two times)
- Sin City Fight Club/SportFight X
- 2010 REDLINE Middleweight Grand Prix Champion
- 2014 All-Violence Third Team
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|31 matches||26 wins||5 losses|
|Win||26–5||Rick Hawn||TKO (corner stoppage)||Bellator 117||April 18, 2014||2||3:19||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States||Won the Vacant Bellator Welterweight Championship|
|Win||25–5||Ben Saunders||KO (head kick)||Bellator 100||September 20, 2013||2||4:33||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Bellator Season 8 Welterweight Tournament Final|
|Win||24–5||Bryan Baker||KO (punch)||Bellator 90||February 21, 2013||1||2:34||West Valley City, Utah, United States||Bellator Season 8 Welterweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||23–5||Michail Tsarev||TKO (leg kicks)||Bellator 86||January 24, 2013||2||1:44||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season 8 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||22–5||Jacob Ortiz||TKO (head kick and punches)||Bellator 79||November 2, 2012||3||4:50||Rama, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||21–5||Ben Askren||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 64||April 6, 2012||5||5:00||Windsor, Ontario, Canada||For Bellator Welterweight Championship|
|Win||21–4||Ben Saunders||KO (punches)||Bellator 57||November 12, 2011||2||1:21||Rama, Ontario, Canada||Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Final|
|Win||20–4||Chris Lozano||KO (punch)||Bellator 53||October 8, 2011||2||3:14||Miami, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||19–4||Steve Carl||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 49||September 10, 2011||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey United States||Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||18–4||Terry Martin||TKO (punches)||MFC 29||April 8, 2011||1||1:14||Windsor, Ontario, Canada||Defended MFC Welterweight Championship; Knockout of the Night|
|Win||17–4||Jesse Juarez||Submission (triangle armbar)||MFC 27||November 12, 2010||3||2:37||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Won vacant MFC Welterweight Championship; Submission of the Night|
|Win||16–4||Ryan Ford||Submission (armbar)||MFC 26||September 10, 2010||2||0:48||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Submission of the Night|
|Win||15–4||Cortez Coleman||Decision (split)||SportFight X-1: Beatdown||March 26, 2010||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||2010 REDLINE Middleweight Grand Prix Final|
|Win||14–4||Clint Hester||Decision (unanimous)||Sin City Fight Club: Redline Grand Prix Round 2||November 13, 2009||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||2010 REDLINE Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal|
|Win||13–4||Eddie Hernandez||Submission (triangle choke)||Sin City Fight Club: Redline Grand Prix Opening Round||October 10, 2009||1||2:34||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||2010 REDLINE Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal|
|Loss||12–4||Eric Dahlberg||Decision (unanimous)||Best of the Best||June 12, 2009||3||5:00||Columbus, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||12–3||Charles Blanchard||Decision (unanimous)||King of the Cage: Invincible||March 27, 2009||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||12–2||Joseph Baize||TKO||Southern Kentucky: Combat League||August 23, 2008||1||2:30||Owensboro, Kentucky, United States|
|Loss||11–2||Brent Weedman||Submission (armbar)||AFL: Bulletproof||May 30, 2008||2||4:39||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||For vacant AFL Welterweight Championship|
|Win||11–1||Cody Senseney||TKO (punches)||AFL: Eruption||March 7, 2008||1||2:45||Lexington, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||10–1||Eric Davila||Submission (armbar)||ROF 31: Undisputed||December 1, 2007||2||3:52||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||9–1||Daniel Douglas||Submission (rear-naked choke)||RMBB & PCF 1: HellRazor||October 16, 2007||1||0:28||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||8–1||Kyle Baker||Submission (triangle armbar)||Reign in the Cage||August 11, 2007||1||4:45||Alabama, United States|
|Win||7–1||Ed Nuno||Submission (injury)||XFS 6: Bad Blood||July 14, 2007||1||0:28||Boise, Idaho, United States|
|Win||6–1||Joshua Hancock||TKO||Evolution: Mayhem in Albany||March 10, 2007||1||N/A||Albany, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Matt Brown||TKO (punches)||ISCF: Invasion||February 9, 2007||2||2:50||Kennesaw, Georgia, United States||For vacant ISCF Eastern U.S. Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||5–0||Ray Perales||Submission (punches)||Xtreme Fight Series 3||December 15, 2006||1||3:07||Boise, Idaho, United States|
|Win||4–0||John Nellermoe||Submission (triangle choke)||ISCF: Southside Slugfest||October 21, 2006||1||1:07||Peachtree City, Georgia, United States|
|Win||3–0||Nathan Osterkamp||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Border Warz||October 14, 2006||1||1:57||Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States|
|Win||2–0||Steve Linton||Submission (verbal)||ISCF: Fever Fight Night||September 22, 2006||1||N/A||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||1–0||Carlos Julio Molestina||KO||Wild Bill's: Fight Night 3||July 14, 2006||1||1:08||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
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- "Douglas Lima". sherdog.com. Retrieved October 27, 2010.
- "A look back and forward in the aftermath of MFC 26". sherdog.com. September 16, 2010.
- "Ohio fighter Matt Brown earns spot on The Ultimate Fighter". mmajunkie.com. January 28, 2008.
- "Weedman submits Lima to claim AFL welterweight title". mmajunkie.com. May 31, 2008.
- "Full WEC 39 card including five televised bouts released". mmajunkie.com. January 26, 2009.
- "Lima stuns Ford at Retribution". sherdog.com. September 13, 2010.
- "MFC 27: Breaking Point official weigh-in". sherdog.com. October 27, 2010.
- "MFC 27 results and live updates for Breaking Point on Nov 12". mmamania.com. November 12, 2010.
- "Bellator Signs MFC Champion Douglas Lima". mmafighting.com. May 11, 2011.
- "Bellator's Douglas Lima Breaks Hand, Tourney Final With Saunders Moves To Summer". mmajunkie.com. March 5, 2013.
- "Douglas Lima and Rick Hawn compete for vacant welterweight belt at Bellator 117". mmajunkie.com. January 21, 2014.
- "Bellator 117 results: Lima vs. Hawn". mmafighting.com. April 18, 2014.