Lima (30-7) is a welterweight fighter that plies his trade with
MMA. Currently, the Brazilian combatant is participating in the
organization’s welterweight grand prix. Lima progressed from the
opening round with a rear-naked choke victory over Andrey
Koreshkov at Bellator 206. For his semi-final showing on May
11, Lima will face Michael
As the fight day looms, here are five moments that have come to
define the career of the 31-year-old pugilist known as “The
At Bellator 57 Lima squared off against Ben
Saunders in the final of the Bellator Season 5 welterweight
tournament. The American knockout artist was happy to stand and
trade with Lima in what proved to be an entertaining contest. The
finish came from a blistering left hook to the head which sent
Saunders crashing to the canvas in the second frame.
In his next appearance at Bellator 64, Lima challenged Ben Askren
for the promotion’s welterweight strap. The 25-minute battle had
the former Olympic wrestler intent on spending as little time as
possible trading strikes on the feet with his heavy-handed
Brazilian rival. The American’s takedowns and stifling top control
proved too much for Lima, who despite his best efforts was unable
to mount any sustained offense. Although he hung tough and
survived, after five rounds the judges all sided with Askren.
CLAIMING THE THRONE
At Bellator 117, Lima fought Rick Hawn for
the organization’s vacant welterweight title. From the get-go, it
was evident that Hawn had no answer to the powerful Brazilian’s
slick stand-up as Lima’s heavy low kicks left Hawn limping.
Following a sustained beating, Hawn’s corner threw in the towel at
the 3:19 point of the second round. The TKO win saw “The Phenom”
finally claim the belt.
LOSING THE TITLE
In what was to be the first of three fights between the pair, Lima
defended his belt against Koreshkov at Bellator 140. The Russian’s
game plan was to stifle Lima and not allow him to engage in a
stand-up striking match. Koreshkov succeeded in dominating the
champion with single leg takedowns and strong clinch work. A
frustrated Lima was unable to employ his diverse striking offense,
and following five rounds of largely one-sided action, the judges
all opted for Koreshkov.
Lima challenged for the welterweight strap again at Bellator 164.
His opponent was again Koreshkov. This time around, “The Phenom”
had more success with his striking. Early in the third, the
combatants were throwing heavy punches at each other beside the
cage when Lima connected with a left hook to the head that sent
Koreshkov tumbling to his back. After two further punches, the
referee stopped the bout and gave Lima the victory. The Brazilian
was the Bellator welterweight champion for the second time.