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Tito Ortiz Has One Bellator Champion In His Corner

Tito Ortiz Has One Bellator Champion In His Corner

Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima was in attendance this past weekend as the promotion went live on pay-per-view. Lima, coming off a title-winning performance over Rick Hawn, will face either Adam McDonough or Andrey Koreshkov in his next title defense.

“I am ready for whoever comes,” said Lima, during the televised interview.

McDonough (11-0) and Koreshkov (16-1) will face each other in July in the welterweight tournament final at Bellator 122.

Lima (26-5) has won his last five fights overall, all via finish, since a 2012 loss to Ben Askren for the title. He watched as Tito Ortiz, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, earned a submission victory over Alexander Shlemenko. Shlemenko is the current Bellator middleweight titleholder and someone Lima has expressed interest in fighting in the future.

“As a fan, I am very happy for (Ortiz),” Lima said. “People say he needed to retire, but it is good to see him come back with a victory.”

The Bellator 120 card also saw a future opponent arise for Lima, as Michael Page earned his second first round finish in as many tries with Bellator. Page, an English kickboxer, stopped Ricky Rainey with one punch.

“He looks good,” Lima said. “The way he fights is fast. I never underestimate anybody. If we meet some day, I’ll be ready for sure.”

Lima has already returned to training, saying that he is “learning every day” and working on improving his already-strong finishing moves.

“I am working on power with my hand and leg,” he said. “I have to finish the fight with everything.”

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