Image source: Scott Coker Twitter (@ScottCoker)
We haven’t had a new double champion for a while did you say? Well Bellator are offering the opportunity for Douglas Lima to change that.
Bellator President Scott Coker took to Twitter to announce the news on Tuesday that current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima will get the opportunity to capture the now vacant middleweight title.
His opponent will be the former middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi who has already stopped one Bellator welterweight champion from capturing the middleweight crown when Rory MacDonald challenged him for the title back in 2018.
Mousasi lost the title to Rafael Lovato Jr. last year, but the Brazilian has been forced to vacate the title due to ongoing health issues. This gave Coker and Bellator the opportunity to match up the super fight between Mousasi and Lima.
The fight will take place at Bellator 243 on 9th May and will be headlined by another title fight as current two-weight champion Ryan Bader will defend his light heavyweight title against Vadim Nemkov.
The fight will be Lima’s first back since beating Rory MacDonald for the welterweight title but that doesn’t mean he isn’t deserving of the superfight having held the welterweight gold before and winning six of his last seven bouts with his sole loss coming to Rory MacDonald.
Mousasi is coming back to action after a split decision rematch win over Lyoto Machida avenged a previous loss in the UFC and put him back in the win column. Prior to that he lost his title via majority decision against the aforementioned Lovato Jr.
A great matchup between two of the best talents Bellator has to offer.