Bellator welterweight Douglas Lima suffered a broken hand during his welterweight tournament semifinal appearance last month and will be unable to compete in the final against Ben Saunders as scheduled.

Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney announced the news Tuesday morning, revealing that the Lima-Saunders showdown will now take place this summer. Lima and Saunders won their semifinal contests at Bellator 90 on Feb. 21, knocking out Bryan Baker and Raul Amaya, respectively.

The welterweights, who both compete under the colors of American Top Team, previously met in the Season 5 tournament finals. Lima emerged victorious in that clash, stopping Saunders with the same vicious right hand he used to knock out Baker. Though that victory earned “The Phenom” a title shot, he ultimately possessed no answer for the wrestling of welterweight champion Ben Askren. Following his failed title bid, Lima, 25, dominated an overmatched Jacob Ortiz last November before dismantling Michail Tsarev with leg kicks in the Season 8 quarterfinals on Jan. 24.

Saunders entered the Season 6 draw following his loss to Lima, only to see his second run come to a halt in the semifinals courtesy of Baker. “Killa B” rebounded from the defeat with three straight wins, wrecking Brian Warren in just 22 seconds as a prelude to a unanimous decision victory over Koffi Adzitso in the Season 8 quarters. The 29-year-old’s semifinal rematch with Amaya lasted just 2:56, as Saunders felled “Smash Mode” with a brilliant high kick in round one to punch his ticket to his second tournament final.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bellator Italian Debut Suffers Main Event Shake-Up

  • 25 days ago
  • 10 views

Bellator 152 marks the fight promotion's first event in Italy, but has suffered a hit to the main event. read news >>

Frustrated with the career development of Bellator's Michael Page? Well he is, too

  • 28 days ago
  • 93 views

Michael Page’s career hasn’t exactly gone the way he or his devoted followers had hoped after more than four years in the game.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Jordan Parsons meets Adam Piccolotti on Bellator 154 main card in San Jose

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

A clash between two young lightweights is slated for the Bellator 154 main card with Jordan Parsons set to take on Adam Piccolotti.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Ken Shamrock claims positive test caused by pituitary medication, asks for more time

  • 28 days ago
  • 13 views

UFC Hall of Famer and Bellator fighter Ken Shamrock told an investigator for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation his positive Bellator 149 drug test was caused by medications taken for a read news >>

John Teixeira injured, out of Bellator 153 co-main event with Patricio Freire

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

Bellator will have to find a new co-main event for Bellator 153 as an injury has forced John Teixeira out of his featherweight bout with Patricio Freire.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Matt Mitrione to Bellator heavyweights: 'You’re not doing enough'

  • 26 days ago
  • 35 views

For Matt Mitrione, stirring the pot is nothing new. So even though Bellator’s newest free-agent acquisition doesn’t even have a fight booked, it comes as no surprise that he’s already shaking up thin read news >>

Kevin Souza replaces Derek Campos in Saturday's Bellator 152 headliner

  • 25 days ago
  • 4 views

Bellator has a new main event for its Saturday debut in Italy, officials today told MMAjunkie.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>

Patricio Freire now meets Henry Corrales in Bellator 153 co-headliner

  • 25 days ago
  • 7 views

Patricio Freire has a new opponent for this month’s Bellator 153 co-headliner.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator's Phil Davis, a year after free agency: ‘It was the most indifferent I’ve felt’

  • 24 days ago
  • 27 views

Phil Davis is visibly hungry in 2016. The current Bellator light heavyweight didn’t always feel that way in 2015 as he closed out his UFC career and tested free agency.Filed under: Bellator, News, UF read news >>

Brian Rogers Plans to Unleash the Predator on Italy at Bellator 152

  • 24 days ago
  • 3 views

Back on track, Brian Rogers plans to unleash the Predator on Italy, when he faces Alessio Sakara this week at Bellator 152. read news >>