MENU
#Conor McGregor #UFC 216 #GSP #Tony Ferguson #Nate Diaz #Kevin Lee #Nick Diaz #Fight Night Rotterdam #Michael Bisping #Darren Till #Holly Holm #Anderson Silva #Demetrious Johnson


douglas-lima-5.jpgEven though reigning Bellator MMA welterweight champion Ben Askren does not have any contracted fights lined up with the organization and is a free agent, No. 1 contender Douglas Lima is preparing for a showdown with “Funky.”

“Right now my training is for him,” Lima told MMAjunkie.com Radio. “I’m just playing the waiting game, and we’ll see what happens. I’m preparing for him, so whatever happens, I’ll be ready.”

Askren (12-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) currently is testing the waters in the free agent market after completing the final fight of his existing Bellator contract earlier this year.

But while the former Olympian is out trying to discover his value, the division’s top contender, Lima (25-5 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) is focused on defeating the champion in what would be a rematch from an April 2012 bout that Askren won by unanimous decision.

Lima earned his second shot at the championship with a highlight-reel head-kick knockout of Ben Saunders in the main event of Bellator 100 this past week to win the Season 8 welterweight tournament.

It was arguably the most brutal finish of Lima’s career and certainly one of the most devastating in Bellator history, a fact that satisfies “The Phenom” greatly.

“For me, it was like one of my best finishes – very happy with that, with the performance,” Lima said. “I’ve just got to heal up, got to calm down and just go back to training, because the main goal for me is to get the title.”

The Brazilian claims to have injured his hand in the fight with Saunders, though he has yet to discover the extent of the damage.

With Askren in limbo and Lima’s hand busted up, the date of Bellator’s next 170-pound championship fight is unknown, though Lima is hoping to compete for the belt in early 2014 regardless of whether or not Askren has re-signed.

“[I'll fight someone else] if it takes too long for him to sign or if he doesn’t,” Lima said. “I think that’s what’s going to happen. Early next year, Season 10, that’s what I’m hoping for. Hopefully my hand will be 100 percent by then.”

Lima’s life has changed a lot since his first loss to Askren. A newborn daughter gives the 25-year-old added motivation when he steps in the cage, which is one of the reasons why he has railed off four consecutive knockout victories.

“I’ve got a little kid now, a little daughter, so that’s my main goal with the money,” Lima said of his plans for his $100,000 tournament winnings. “Saving it and everything to give [my daughter] a better life.”

Healing his hand is Lima’s top priority following his most recent victory, but he also can’t help but think of the opportunity that awaits him just around the corner.

Lima failed to capture the Bellator welterweight title once before, but he has no intentions of allowing history to repeat itself.

“I can’t wait – I can’t wait to get that strap. I’m working really hard for it, and hopefully everybody will like the fight.”

And for more on Bellator 100, including the night’s official results, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

MMAjunkie.com Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, MMAjunkie.com lead staff reporter John Morgan and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

Bellator books Douglas Lima vs. Rory MacDonald title fight for Jan. 20

  • 28 days ago
  • 15 views

The Bellator welterweight title will be on the line in January.Filed under: Bellator read news >>

Bellator 183's Paul Daley: Only Nick Diaz and Douglas Lima were men of their word

  • 26 days ago
  • 71 views

A lot of fighters talk a big game, but Paul Daley said only Nick Diaz and Douglas Lima walked the walk after talking the talk.Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

Patricky Pitbull Edges Out Benson Henderson (Bellator 183 Results) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 24 days ago
  • 39 views

The Bellator MMA cage was in San Jose, Calif. on Saturday as the SAP Center hosted Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull. Lightweights Benson Henderson and Patricky "Pitbull" Freire headlined the fight read news >>

Bellator champ Douglas Lima on Rory MacDonald: 'Mark my words, I'm going to finish him'

  • 18 days ago
  • 18 views

Douglas Lima figures he’ll be the underdog vs. Rory MacDonald but does not care.Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

Rory MacDonald expects competitive Bellator title fight vs. Douglas Lima – but also a finish

  • 18 days ago
  • 16 views

Rory MacDonald does believe his second Bellator bout vs. champ Douglas Lima will be more competitive than his debut, but it will end the same.Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

Watch Roy Nelson's Bellator MMA Debut Win (Bellator 183 Full Fight Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 23 days ago
  • 407 views

Roy "Big Country" Nelson made his Bellator MMA debut on Saturday and picked up a decision win over Javy Ayala. Check out the full fight video. read news >>

Douglas Lima on Rory MacDonald face-off: 'I thought he was going to sell me an iPad'

  • 21 days ago
  • 298 views

Bellator champ Douglas Lima’s thoughts when he was face to face with a Steve Jobs-looking Rory MacDonald? “I thought he was going to sell me an iPad.”Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

Bellator 187 Gets New Main Event as AJ McKee Takes James Gallagher's Spot | MMAWeekly.com

  • 5 days ago
  • 5 views

Bellator MMA is set for its return to Dublin, as undefeated sensation A.J. McKee takes Irishman James Gallagher's spot as the headliner. read news >>

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Bellator's Douglas Lima, Paul Daley

  • 19 days ago
  • 3 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Douglas Lima and Paul Daley.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator fighters sound off on promotion's lack of fight-night bonuses – and what they could mean

  • 19 days ago
  • 19 views

With the promotion continuing to grow, some Bellator fighters are picking back up the rallying cry for some extra financial love. Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>