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
90 on Feb. 21, knocking out Bryan Baker
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
Ortiz last November before dismantling Michail
Tsarev with leg kicks in the Season 8 quarterfinals on Jan.
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
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.