In terms of pure talent, Bellator’s Douglas Lima is one of the best fighters in the promotion. The 26-year-old sports a stellar record of 25-5 and has only loss once in the last four years. “The Phenom” has notable wins over Clint Hester, Steve Carl, and Ben Saunders, a man he has stopped on two occasions. Lima, who fights Rick Hawn for the vacant Bellator welterweight title tonight, recently spoke to MMA Junkie about the future and his desire to fight at 185.
I’d like to fight a weight class above. I’m not sure how much longer I will fight at 170 pounds.
For the past year, the 185 pound division has been ruled by one man. Bellator middleweight champion, Alexander Shlemenko, has a stranglehold on the division, much like Hector Lombard did during his time with the promotion. At 11-1 in the Bellator cage, Shlemenko recently notched his 50th victory, which also happened to be his 13th straight. A fight with Shlemenko is something that Lima is interested in.
If I do move up, he’s certainly who I’d be aiming for. I think it would be a great fight. He fights hard and has been knocking everybody out.
Izzy’s Input: Let me start by saying that a fight between Lima and Shlemenko could potentially be one of the best fights in Bellator’s history. While Lima does not have the track record that Shlemenko has, the recent destruction that Lima has left behind (four straight finishes) could make this a dream fight for fans. Let’s face it, Shlemenko has run out of challengers, after all, he is fighting Tito Ortiz at Bellator 120. The same could be said for Lima. If he defeats Hawn, as expected, who else is left for him to fight? Lately, Bellator has been all about making fights that would create headlines. This one would certainly qualify as a headline.