At 32, and in the apex of his real prime, three-time Bellator MMA welterweight champion Douglas Lima is finally getting the affirmation he justifies as maybe the best competitor, paying little psyche to progression, on the planet today. So it’s simply fitting given his standard method of doing things that the Bellator MMA Welterweight World Grand Prix victor would celebrate by recognizing the most unsafe interest of his calling.
Lima (32-7) will move to 185 pounds unprecedented for a very long time when he faces past victor Gegard Mousasi (46-7-2) on Thursday for the unfilled middleweight title including Bellator 250 (8 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network) from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The title became void when Rafael Lovato Jr. (10-0), who won a lion’s offer decision to get the belt from Mousasi in 2019, needed to surrender it and leave on the appeal of his essential consideration doctors while dealing with a cerebrum condition called cerebral cavernoma.
“It was my decision [to move up],” Lima said during a gathering with “Morning Kombat” on Tuesday. “I for the most part considered moving to middleweight because of all the crazy weight cuts and all that we encountered at 170. For me, it was the ideal time since we just encountered the opposition. I beat basically every single person who was in the fundamental five. Instead of getting rematches, I gave it a shot. Why not?”
Lima conferred the arrangement to Bellator MMA president Scott Coker under the terms he would remain welterweight supporter and gatekeeper the two belts, to which Coker agreed. Should he win, Lima would join Joe Warren, Ryan Bader and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire as the primary Bellator competitors to win titles in various divisions, with Bader and Freire obliging him in doing as such simultaneously.
The critical prodding factor for Lima with respect to why he needs to challenge himself so inconvenience is that he knows firsthand how unconventional the savants and masters can be following one whipping.
A neighborhood of Brazil, Lima took the long road to the top not long after moving to the United States and getting settled Georgia. He turned virtuoso at just 18 out of 2006 and improved continually, even after a lopsided title whipping to then-uphold Ben Askren at Bellator 64 of each 2012. Lima has furthermore vindicated himself from following title squashes by avenging setbacks of late to Andrey Koreshkov and Rory MacDonald while showing adaptability in twice recouping the 170-pound title.
“I for the most part knew from the earliest starting point that I could equal these people yet the respect was never there [in return,]” Lima said. “So you just need to keep fighting until these people will sort it out. I simply expected to keep beating everyone they put before me and keep mentioning the best contention. Straight up until right now, the best contention that is there, I will demand them. Doing it the most troublesome way imaginable, I feel that way is better.
“There is reliably those people that think if he’s not in the UFC, he’s not absurdly unprecedented. It doesn’t bug me any more. I don’t by and large consider it and I’ve as of late had the occasion to keep doing me and engaging the best competitors that are glad to fight and win fights. That is the essential worry, to keep winning since one setback can eliminate everything. People will stop examining you after one awful disaster.”
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Having a more youthful kin in UFC welterweight Dhiego Lima as your crucial contending accessory hasn’t hurt Lima’s change into a first class fighter, who is adequately adjusted to camouflage any prominent imperfections to his game. Another clarification Lima acknowledges he can equal someone as experienced and talented as Mousasi, who has fought and prevailing at both light heavyweight and heavyweight beforehand, is a consequence of how colossal he is for the welterweight division.
Lima said he walks around at 200 pounds and might be giving up one inch of height and under two downers in reach to the 6-foot-2 Mousasi once they enter the walled in area.
“To the degree acclimating to the weight, I don’t figure anything will change,” Lima said. “I’m essentially going to have more energy and all my ability. Right now, I’m basically cutting the water weight and not losing any weight. It will be fairly less difficult on the body. I won’t be enormous for the weight class anyway I don’t trust I will be that much more unassuming than him.”
One thing Lima isn’t crippled about is the way deficiently his welterweight rival MacDonald looked while trying a comparative move in 2018. MacDonald moved to 185 pounds to challenge for Mousasi’s title just to get pounded in a lopsided TKO defeat.
From Lima’s perspective, there’s no relationship at all between what he is doing and how MacDonald failed; because he’s regularly more noteworthy, yet what’s more that he believes MacDonald wasn’t acting normally and didn’t show up at fight.
Another differentiation between them is that Lima said he doesn’t on doing combating like a more unassuming champion, either, which suggests he isn’t looking for the adjudicators to be incorporated.
“[Mousasi] struggled at heavyweight and tapped Mark Hunt out. He is an individual that struggled in three weight classes over mine anyway if you are a competitor, you are here for challenges,” Lima said. “In case you are not here for a test like that than I don’t have the foggiest thought the quintessence of what you’re achieving as a champion. Clearly he will be more noteworthy yet it’s all satisfactory. I have arranged with tremendous people already and I have fulfilled my commitments in the rec focus. I don’t have anything to worry about and have done all that I could to anticipate this fight.
“I will be looking for the finishing. I was unable to mind less who he has combat and I was unable to mind less what weight he can’t avoid being, he’s engaging me on Thursday night. I will be looking for that finish and I was unable to mind less what he brings. I’m basically focusing in on who I am and what I went after and we will see what happens.”
In the co-main event, Henry Corrales will take on Brandon Girtz at featherweight. Corrales is an action competitor who has lost two straight against elite contention in Darrion Caldwell and Juan Archuleta. Girtz is sliding from lightweight resulting to subbing wins and incidents throughout the last four.
Battle card, possibilities
Favorite Underdog Weightclass
Gegard Mousasi – 170
Douglas Lima +145
Henry Corrales – 310
Brandon Girtz +250
This is most likely the best fight the game can make this timetable year, paying little psyche to headway, as the two competitors bring five star aptitudes, solidness and the energy to battle. The best thing separating them, on paper, is how Mousasi is the regularly more noteworthy man.
Should the size and potential quality good position exhibit more distorted than useful inside once they contact gloves and begin to trade strikes, Mousasi may end up finding the most troublesome way that could be available precisely how world class Lima truly is.
Not solely do Lima’s aptitudes balance well with that of Mousasi, on the off chance that he can stay away from him, Lima is clearly the fresher champion riding a more prominent swing of energy, paying little mind to how Mousasi is 9-1 since 2016 with sways a’s who over the game. Anyway it isn’t yet clear at age 35, having faced an insane level of competition through a 55-meeting calling, whether or not Mousasi is preventing scarcely enough for Lima to get him at the ideal time.
Mousasi seemed to recognize a gift decision in his