Douglas Lima or Rick Hawn will be crowned the next Bellator welterweight champ. | Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
The belt that belonged to Ben Askren for three years will go home with a new owner on Friday night.
Both Douglas Lima and Rick Hawn were cleared to compete at Thursday’s Bellator 117 weigh-ins. Lima (169.8) and Hawn (169.7) will battle over the vacant welterweight title in the evening’s main event live on Spike TV.
Bellator 117 takes place at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and will also feature the Season 10 lightweight tournament semifinals, as Patricky Freire (154.7) takes on Derek Campos (155.9), while Marcin Held (155) battles Derek Anderson (155.9).
Lima, 26, previously challenged for the Bellator title back in 2012 but came up short against Ben Askren. Since that setback, “The Phenom” has posted four straight wins, capturing the Season 8 tournament crown to earn his second crack at the belt.
A former lightweight title challenger, Hawn is also a two-time welterweight tournament veteran. The Olympic judoka last competed on Nov. 22, when he knocked out Ron Keslar to win the Season 9 draw.
Bellator 117 Weigh-In Results:
Douglas Lima (169.8) vs. Rick Hawn (169.7)
Patricky Freire (154.7) vs. Derek Campos (155.9)
Marcin Held (155) vs. Derek Anderson (155.9)
Karl Amoussou (170.6) vs. David Gomez (170.7)
Jordan Parsons (156) vs. Tim Bazer (155.3)
Julio Cesar Neves Jr. (146) vs. Josh Arocho (*149.1)
Victor Moreno (184.1) vs. Anthony Smith (186)
Joe Vedepo (186) vs. Ben Crowder (183.8)
Cliff Wright (154.3) vs. Larue Burley (154.9)
Jared Downing (155.7) vs. Martin Brown (155)
Houston Alexander (202.2) vs. Matt Uhde (205.2)
Mark Stoddard (174.2) vs. Ryan Jensen (176.2)
*Arocho missed weight. As a result his bout against Julio Cesar Neves Jr. will be held at a 150-pound catch-weight