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Bellator 117: Douglas Lima “Blessed,” Ready To Defend Vs. All Challengers

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Douglas Lima finally earned gold in Bellator Friday night, besting Rick Hawn and winning the vacant welterweight title at Bellator 117.

Just moments later, Lima stated that making the 170-pound limit is becoming “very hard” for him to do.

“We’ll see what happens,” Lima said, during the post-fight press conference, which” target=”_blank”>FightLine attended. “I am very excited and very happy to be the champion.”

Lima (26-5) earned his fifth straight stoppage victory, leaving Hawn devastated and on the canvas after delivering numerous kicks to his leg. Hawn’s corner threw in the towel, awarding the 26-year-old the title in the process.

For now, Lima will wait and see who his next challenger is, as the season 10 welterweight tournament currently has three men standing. Adam McDonough has advanced to the finals, while Andrey Koreshkov and Sam Oropeza meet May 2. That leaves plenty of time for “The Phenom” to enjoy his recent performance.

Earlier this week, Dhiego Lima, the brother of Douglas, advanced on The Ultimate Fighter 19. He will compete for a contract with the UFC over the next several weeks.

“It has been a blessed week for us, for our family,” said Douglas, who had Dhiego in his corner. “This is something I have always wanted to be: the champion here. I am very happy, very blessed. I trained very hard.

“I should have an opponent soon and with the right training, I can fight anybody in the world. Let the next guy come.”

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Fight Cards

Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko

Event Date: October 20, 2017
Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 118: Cerrone vs. Till

Event Date: October 21, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

UFC Fight Night 119: Brunson vs. Machida

Event Date: October 28, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 186: Bader vs. Vassell

Event Date: November 3, 2017
Broadcast: Spike

UFC 217: Bisping vs. St-Pierre

Event Date: November 4, 2017
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 187: McKee vs. Moore

Event Date: November 10, 2017
Broadcast: Spike