Douglas Lima vs. Rory MacDonald Headlines Bellator Event in Los Angeles on Jan. 20

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 20, 2017

Douglas Lima will defend his welterweight title against UFC veteran Rory MacDonald in the evening’s main event when Bellator MMA travels to Los Angeles on Jan. 20.

A promotion official confirmed the pairing to on Wednesday following a report from the Los Angeles Times. The event, which does not yet have a number, will take place at the Forum. The evening’s main card will be televised on Spike.

Lima, a two-time Bellator champion, regained the 170-pound strap with a third-round knockout of Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 164 on Nov. 10. He defended his crown at Bellator: NYC on June 24 with a five-round verdict over UFC and Strikeforce veteran Lorenz Larkin. “The Phenom” is 11-2 during his Bellator tenure, with his only defeats coming to Koreshkov and Ben Askren.

“I haven’t been this healthy in a long time and Rory is going to be just another win on my record,” Lima said in a release.

MacDonald, a 13-time UFC veteran, made his promotional debut against Paul Daley at Bellator 179, winning via rear-naked choke in the second round. “The Red King” challenged for welterweight gold at UFC 189, losing a slugfest to Robbie Lawler in one of 2015’s best fights.

“When I signed with Bellator, I made it clear I wanted to take over — multiple weight classes and multiple championships,” MacDonald said. “Douglas Lima and his title are first on the list before I move onto the next.”


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