Douglas Lima and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will continue to compete under the Bellator MMA banner for the foreseeable future.
The California-based promotion announced on Monday that it has re-signed both champions to exclusive multi-year contract extensions to remain with Bellator. Neither Lima nor Macfarlane currently have fights booked.
"Both Douglas Lima and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane continue to prove they are two of the most dominant fighters on the Bellator roster,” said Bellator President Scott Coker. "They made their Bellator debuts very early on in their careers, have climbed to the top of their respective divisions and have come to represent what this promotion is all about. As champions, both have taken on all challenges and have succeeded in every opportunity. I look forward to watching them continue their careers with us.”
The 32-year-old Lima recaptured the 170-pound belt with a five-round unanimous decision victory over Rory MacDonald in the finals of the welterweight grand prix at Bellator 232 this past October. The American Top Team Atlanta representative owns a 32-7 career mark that includes triumphs over the likes of Michael Page, Andrey Koreshkov (twice), Lorenz Larkin, Paul Daley and Ben Saunders (twice). Lima has expressed interest in pursuing the Bellator middleweight belt.
Macfarlane, Bellator’s reigning flyweight queen, is undefeated in 11 professional outings — all but one of which have come in the Scott Coker-led organization. Macfarlane became the inaugural 125-pound champion with a submission of Emily Ducote at Bellator 186 and has since successfully defended the belt four times to establish herself as one of the top female talents in the sport.