The planned season eight welterweight finale between Douglas Lima and Ben Saunders will not take place at Bellator 93 later this month.
Lima suffered a broken hand in his last fight and will be out for an extended period of time. The plan is for the two to compete this summer for a future title shot and the $100,000 prize.
“I’m really disappointed, but I know this is the right decision and I just need to heal up and get my $100,000 prize,” Lima said. “Ben is a great guy, but he’s been in my way before, and I want my rematch with Askren.”
Lima previously defeated Saunders in the finals of the season five tournament via second round knockout.
“Douglas and Ben are two of the most exciting and explosive welterweights in the game today, and while it’s disappointing to have to delay this fight, injuries are a part of our game and I have no doubt it will be absolute fireworks this summer when these two meet,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney.