Douglas Lima

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Douglas Lima
BornDouglas Lima
(1988-05-01) May 1, 1988 (age 31)
Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil[1]
Other namesThe Phenom
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Reach74 12 in (189 cm)
StyleMuay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofAtlanta, Georgia, United States
TeamAmerican Top Team Gwinnett
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Roan Carneiro[2]
Years active2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout14
By submission12
By decision5
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision5
Amateur Muay Thai record
By knockout17
Other information
Notable relativesDhiego Lima (younger brother)
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Douglas Lima (born May 1, 1988) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of Bellator MMA, where he is a former two-time Bellator Welterweight World Champion. He is also the former MFC Welterweight Champion. As of July 23, 2019, ranks Lima as the #10 Welterweight in the world.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Lima was born in Brazil and moved to the state of Georgia in the United States graduating from Joseph Wheeler High School. He began training with American Top Team Atlanta.[3] Son to Fausto and Cologera Lima. He trains with Roan Carneiro.[4] Lima began his professional mixed martial arts career with decent success, soon compiling a record of 5–0.[3]

In February 2007, Lima faced the future Ultimate Fighter competitor Matt Brown. Brown dealt Lima his first professional loss[5] by defeating him via TKO due to punches in the second round.[3]

American Fight League[edit]

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.[6] 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.[6] 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."[6] Following the loss, Lima never appeared for the AFL promotion again.[3]

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Following another win via TKO, Lima joined World Extreme Cagefighting. His debut fight was scheduled to take place at WEC 39 against Justin Haskins.[7] 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.[1] 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.[3]

Maximum Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[8]

With the win, Lima was given an MFC Welterweight title shot against Jesse Juarez at MFC 27.[9] Lima went on to defeat Juarez via armbar, midway through the final round.[10]

Lima then defended the title against Terry Martin at MFC 29, winning the fight via first round TKO.

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

In May 2011, it was announced that Lima had signed to fight for Bellator Fighting Championships.[11]

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 got his title shot against welterweight champion Ben Askren at Bellator 64 on April 6, 2012.[12] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Lima defeated Jacob Ortiz via head kick and knee 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.[13]

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.[14] After several knockdowns due to leg kicks, Lima won via TKO due to corner stoppage to win the vacant Bellator Welterweight Championship.[15]

Lima was scheduled to make his first title defense against Paul Daley on February 27, 2015 at Bellator 134.[16] However, in January, it was announced that Lima had pulled out of the fight due to injury.[17] Lima was replaced by fellow Brazilian André Santos.[18]

After 15 months away from the sport due to knee injuries, Lima returned to defend his title against Bellator Season Ten Welterweight tournament winner Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 140 on July 17, 2015.[19] He lost the fight and title by unanimous decision.

After nearly a year away from the sport, Lima returned to the Bellator cage to replace Josh Koscheck against Paul Daley at Bellator 158.[20] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

The win over Daley earned Lima a rematch against Bellator Welterweight Champion Andrey Koreshkov. The two met in the main event at Bellator 164 on November 10, 2016. Lima regained his title by winning by knockout in the third round.

For the first defense of his second title reign, Lima faced Lorenz Larkin at Bellator NYC on June 24, 2017. He won the fight via a unanimous decision (50–45, 48–47, and 48–47) to retain the Bellator welterweight championship.[21]

On September 6, 2017 Lima announced that he had signed a six-fight, two-year contract with Bellator.[22]

For the second defense of his title, Lima faced Rory MacDonald at Bellator 192 on January 20, 2018.[23] He lost the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision.[24]

Lima faced Andrey Koreshkov in a third match as part of the opening round of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix on September 29, 2018 at Bellator 206.[25] He won the fight via a rear-naked choke in the fifth round.[26]

In the tournament semifinals, Lima faced the undefeated Michael Page in the co-main event at Bellator 221 on May 11, 2019. He won the fight via knockout in the second round.

In the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix final, Lima will challenge Rory MacDonald in a rematch for the welterweight title on October 26, 2019.[27]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
38 matches 31 wins 7 losses
By knockout 14 1
By submission 12 1
By decision 5 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 31–7 Michael Page KO (punch) Bellator 221 May 11, 2019 2 0:35 Rosemont, Illinois, United States Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 30–7 Andrey Koreshkov Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 206 September 29, 2018 5 3:04 San Jose, California, United States Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Loss 29–7 Rory MacDonald Decision (unanimous) Bellator 192 January 20, 2018 5 5:00 Inglewood, California, United States Lost the Bellator Welterweight World Championship.
Win 29–6 Lorenz Larkin Decision (unanimous) Bellator NYC June 24, 2017 5 5:00 New York City, New York, United States Defended the Bellator Welterweight World Championship.
Win 28–6 Andrey Koreshkov KO (punches) Bellator 164 November 10, 2016 3 1:21 Tel Aviv, Israel Won the Bellator Welterweight World Championship.
Win 27–6 Paul Daley Decision (unanimous) Bellator 158 July 16, 2016 3 5:00 London, England, United Kingdom
Loss 26–6 Andrey Koreshkov Decision (unanimous) Bellator 140 July 17, 2015 5 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Lost the Bellator Welterweight World Championship.
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 World 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 knee) Bellator 79 November 2, 2012 3 4:50 Rama, Ontario, Canada 180 lb catchweight.
Loss 21–5 Ben Askren Decision (unanimous) Bellator 64 April 6, 2012 5 5:00 Windsor, Ontario, Canada For the Bellator Welterweight World 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: Conquer 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) KOTC: Invincible March 27, 2009 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 12–2 Joseph Baize TKO (punches) 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 (strikes) 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 (strikes) Wild Bill's: Fight Night 3 July 14, 2006 1 1:08 Duluth, Georgia, United States


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  1. ^ a b "Mike Pierce in for Douglas Lima at WEC 39". February 12, 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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  3. ^ a b c d e f "Douglas Lima". Retrieved October 27, 2010.
  4. ^ "A look back and forward in the aftermath of MFC 26". September 16, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Ohio fighter Matt Brown earns spot on The Ultimate Fighter". January 28, 2008. Archived from the original on November 26, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ a b c "Weedman submits Lima to claim AFL welterweight title". May 31, 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Full WEC 39 card including five televised bouts released". January 26, 2009. Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Lima stuns Ford at Retribution". September 13, 2010. Archived from the original on February 2, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "MFC 27: Breaking Point official weigh-in". October 27, 2010. Archived from the original on November 15, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "MFC 27 results and live updates for Breaking Point on Nov 12". November 12, 2010.
  11. ^ "Bellator Signs MFC Champion Douglas Lima". May 11, 2011.
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  13. ^ "Bellator's Douglas Lima Breaks Hand, Tourney Final With Saunders Moves To Summer". March 5, 2013.
  14. ^ "Douglas Lima and Rick Hawn compete for vacant welterweight belt at Bellator 117". January 21, 2014.
  15. ^ "Bellator 117 results: Lima vs. Hawn". April 18, 2014.
  16. ^ "Bellator 134 Fight Card". Archived from the original on 2014-12-28. Retrieved 2014-12-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  17. ^ "'Devastated' Douglas Lima injured, out of Bellator 134 title defense against Paul Daley". January 20, 2015.
  18. ^ "Paul Daley vs Andre Santos fight set for Bellator 134; Daniel Straus suffers fractured knee". January 22, 2015.
  19. ^ Guilherme Cruz (April 20, 2015). "Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov title fight headlines Bellator 140".
  21. ^ Steven Marrocco (June 24, 2017). "Bellator NYC results: Douglas Lima cruises past Lorenz Larkin to keep welterweight belt".
  22. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2017-09-06). "Welterweight champion Douglas Lima signs new longterm contract with Bellator".
  23. ^ "Rory MacDonald to Fight Douglas Lima for Bellator Welterweight Title in January". September 20, 2017.
  24. ^ "Bellator 192 results: Rory MacDonald edges Douglas Lima to claim welterweight gold". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-21. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  26. ^ "Bellator 206 results: Douglas Lima chokes out Andrey Koreshkov, advances in grand prix". MMAjunkie. 2018-09-30. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  27. ^ Mike Chiapetta (August 22, 2019). "Rory MacDonald vs. Douglas Lima 2 Bellator World Grand Prix final set for Oct. 26".
  28. ^ "MMA Junkie's 'Knockout of the Month' for May: A sick punch ends an undefeated run". May 28, 2019.

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