Bellator Fighting Championships on Monday took another step towards bolstering its welterweight roster, as it signed former Maximum Fighting Championship titleholder Douglas Lima (Pictured; file photo). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney lauded the acquisition.

“Over the last two years, Douglas has taken his game to an entirely different level,” he said in a release. “Many considered him one of the top unsigned welterweights in MMA. I’m very happy to say that he’s no longer unsigned and that he will be fighting for Bellator. We continue to develop one of the strongest 170-pound divisions in the sport, and Douglas will be a fantastic addition to that.”

Lima, 23, has rattled off six consecutive victories. He last appeared at MFC 29 in April, when he needed little more than a minute to submit UFC veteran Terry Martin at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. An explosive finisher, Lima has secured 16 of his 18 professional wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission. He trains out of an American Top Team affiliate in Atlanta.

“I just really want to finish all of my fights,” Lima said. “Every time I fight, I’m always looking for some way to finish. I don’t like leaving my fate in the hands of the judges. If we stand up, I’m going to try to knock my opponent’s head off, and if we go to the ground, I’m good there, too.”

Lima, who debuted at the age of 18 in 2006, owns other notable wins against muay Thai specialist Kyle Baker, Canadian prospect Ryan Ford and Shark Fights mainstay Eric Davila. He has already set his sights on Brent Weedman, a Bellator Season 4 welterweight tournament semifinalist who submitted him three years ago.

“I definitely want to get that loss back,” Lima said. “I was very young when I fought him. He’s a cool guy, but I wouldn’t mind getting back inside the cage with him to get that one back.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

WSOF Signs UFC and Bellator Veteran Paul Bradley

  • 13 days ago
  • 6 views

World Series of Fighting announced on Thursday that it has signed UFC and Bellator veteran Paul Bradley. read news >>

Bellator 158: London Weigh-in Results and Video

  • 12 days ago
  • 105 views

The official weigh-ins for “Bellator 158: London” took place on Friday in front of a packed house at the Café de Paris in Leicester Square. read news >>

Douglas Lima Looking to Finish Paul Daley in Bellator 158 Main Event

  • 12 days ago
  • 23 views

Douglas Lima stepped in for an injured Josh Koscheck to face Paul Daley in the Bellator 158 main event and plans on finishing the Englishman in London. read news >>

Oli Thompson Ready for ‘Huge Opportunity’ Against Matt Mitrione at Bellator 158

  • 12 days ago
  • 14 views

Heavyweight Oli Thompson knows he faces a big challenge at Bellator 158 in London on July 15 when he faces UFC veteran Matt Mitrione at the O2 Arena. read news >>

Bellator 158 Results: Winners, Scorecards from Daley vs. Lima Card

  • 11 days ago
  • 1268 views

On Saturday at the O2 Arena in London, Douglas Lima took down Paul Daley via unanimous decision in the main event at Bellator 158, but Michael "Venom" Page stole the show with a knockout over Evangel read news >>

Bellator 158 Results: Douglas Lima Gets Unanimous Decision Over Paul Daley

  • 11 days ago
  • 337 views

Douglas Lima went through a successful three-round headliner, picking up a decision over Paul Daley in the main event at Bellator 158 in London this weekend. read news >>

Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire Faces Benson Henderson in Top-Contender Bout at Bellator 160

  • 10 days ago
  • 8 views

Patricio Pitbull is actively seeking revenge for his brother Patricky after Bellator’s new 155-pound kingpin Michael Chandler brutally finished the elder Freire. read news >>

Evangelista Cyborg Suffers Fractured Skull from Michael Page’s Flying Knee

  • 10 days ago
  • 1249 views

Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos not only lost his Bellator 158 bout to Michael Page on Saturday, he also suffered a fractured skull that will require surgery. read news >>

Michael Page: What Should the Future Hold for Bellator's British Sensation?

  • 10 days ago
  • 70 views

MMA fans didn't need another reminder, but Michael "Venom" Page gave them one anyway. On Saturday, the 29-year-old Page advanced his pro record to 11-0 with a sensational flying-knee knockout of Evan read news >>

Joe Taimanglo Plans to Secure His Place as 135-Pound Contender at Bellator 159

  • 8 days ago
  • 7 views

Joe Taimanglo looks for his fourth straight win when he takes on undefeated prospect Darrion Caldwell in a 135-pound main event at Bellator 159 on July 22. read news >>