Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil
|Other names||The Phenom|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||74 1⁄2 in (189 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Team||American Top Team Gwinnett|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Roan Carneiro|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Amateur Muay Thai record|
|Notable relatives||Dhiego Lima (younger brother)|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Douglas Lima is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of Bellator MMA, where he is a three-time and current Bellator Welterweight World Champion. He is also the former MFC Welterweight Champion. He is currently ranked the #6 Welterweight fighter in the world by MMA ranking site Fight Matrix. He holds notable victories over Rory MacDonald, Andrey Koreshkov (2x), Michael Page, and Lorenz Larkin.
Mixed martial arts career
Lima was born in Brazil and moved to the state of Georgia in the United States graduating from Joseph Wheeler High School. He began training with American Top Team Atlanta. Son to Fausto and Cologera Lima. He trains with Roan Carneiro. Lima began his professional mixed martial arts career with decent success, soon compiling a record of 5–0.
American Fight League
In May 2008, Lima had his first defense of the title against Brent Weedman. Weedman was reportedly brought in to the fight to showcase Lima's skills, as Weedman was expected to be an easy fight. Weedman threatened early on with a triangle choke which was unsuccessful. Late in the second round, Weedman again caught Lima in a triangle choke, but transitioned to an armbar, which forced Lima to submit, giving Weedman the title. Weedman would later go on to say "They brought me in because Douglas Lima would make a great champ for them. Now, it's my turn to step up. I feel good about the fact that I did a one-fight deal with them. We're going to talk a multi-fight contract now." Following the loss, Lima never appeared for the AFL promotion again.
World Extreme Cagefighting
Following another win via TKO, Lima joined World Extreme Cagefighting. His debut fight was scheduled to take place at WEC 39 against Justin Haskins. However, Lima was forced to withdraw from the card while waiting on papers to arrive from the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. Lima's WEC debut never transpired, as instead, he joined King of the Cage, where he faced another future Ultimate Fighter competitor in Charles Blanchard, losing by unanimous decision.
Maximum Fighting Championship
In September 2010, Douglas Lima joined the Maximum Fighting Championship, facing off against Ryan Ford. In front of Ford's hometown fans, Lima was able to defeat Ford via armbar, early in the second round.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Lima entered into the Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament. He fought Steve Carl in the opening round held at Bellator 49 and won the fight via unanimous decision. Lima fought Chris Lozano in the semifinals at Bellator 53 and won via KO in the second round. In the finals, he faced Ben Saunders and won via KO in the second round.
Lima defeated Jacob Ortiz via head kick and knee at 4:50 of the third round at Bellator 79 on November 2, 2012.
Lima faced Russian MMA prospect Michail Tsarev in Season Eight Welterweight Tournament on January 24, 2013 at Bellator 86. He won the fight via TKO due to leg strikes in round 2. In the semi-finals, he was scheduled to face Brent Weedman. Weedman suffered an injury and was replaced by Bryan Baker at Bellator 90 on February 21, 2013. He won the fight via knock out in the first round. He was expected to face Ben Saunders in a rematch in the tournament final at Bellator 93. Lima suffered a broken hand.
The rematch with Saunders eventually took place at Bellator 100 on September 20, 2013. Lima once again won in the second round, this time via a brutal head kick knockout.
Lima faced judo olympian Rick Hawn at Bellator 117 on April 18, 2014. After several knockdowns due to leg kicks, Lima won via TKO due to corner stoppage to win the vacant Bellator Welterweight Championship.
Lima was scheduled to make his first title defense against Paul Daley on February 27, 2015 at Bellator 134. However, in January, it was announced that Lima had pulled out of the fight due to injury. Lima was replaced by fellow Brazilian André Santos.
After 15 months away from the sport due to knee injuries, Lima returned to defend his title against Bellator Season Ten Welterweight tournament winner Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 140 on July 17, 2015. He lost the fight and title by unanimous decision.
The win over Daley earned Lima a rematch against Bellator Welterweight Champion Andrey Koreshkov. The two met in the main event at Bellator 164 on November 10, 2016. Lima regained his title by winning by knockout in the third round.
For the first defense of his second title reign, Lima faced Lorenz Larkin at Bellator NYC on June 24, 2017. He won the fight via a unanimous decision (50–45, 48–47, and 48–47) to retain the Bellator welterweight championship.
On September 6, 2017 Lima announced that he had signed a six-fight, two-year contract with Bellator.
Lima faced Andrey Koreshkov in a third match as part of the opening round of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix on September 29, 2018 at Bellator 206. He won the fight via a rear-naked choke in the fifth round.
In the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix final, Lima challenged Rory MacDonald in a rematch for the welterweight title at Bellator 232 on October 26, 2019. He won the fight by unanimous decision to become a three-time Bellator welterweight champion and the 2019 Welterweight Grand Prix winner, receiving the $1,000,000 prize.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bellator Fighting Championships
- Bellator Welterweight World Championship (Three times; current)
- One successful title defense
- Bellator Season 8 Welterweight Tournament Winner
- Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Winner
- Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix Winner
- Tied - most knockouts in Bellator history (nine) (w. Patricky Freire) 
- Tied - most wins in Bellator welterweight division history (13) (w. Andrey Koreshkov) 
- Tied - most stoppage victories in Bellator welterweight division history (nine) (w. Michael Page) 
- Tied - most knockout victories in Bellator welterweight division history (eight) (w. Michael Page)
- Bellator Welterweight World Championship (Three times; current)
- Maximum Fighting Championship
- MFC Welterweight Championship (One time)
- Knockout of the Night (One time)
- Submission of the Night (Two times)
- Sin City Fight Club/SportFight X
- 2010 REDLINE Middleweight Grand Prix Champion
- 2014 All-Violence Third Team
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|39 matches||32 wins||7 losses|
|Win||32–7||Rory MacDonald||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 232||October 26, 2019||5||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Won the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix and the Bellator Welterweight World Championship.|
|Win||31–7||Michael Page||KO (punch)||Bellator 221||May 11, 2019||2||0:35||Rosemont, Illinois, United States||Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Win||30–7||Andrey Koreshkov||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 206||September 29, 2018||5||3:04||San Jose, California, United States||Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Loss||29–7||Rory MacDonald||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 192||January 20, 2018||5||5:00||Inglewood, California, United States||Lost the Bellator Welterweight World Championship.|
|Win||29–6||Lorenz Larkin||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator NYC||June 24, 2017||5||5:00||New York City, New York, United States||Defended the Bellator Welterweight World Championship.|
|Win||28–6||Andrey Koreshkov||KO (punches)||Bellator 164||November 10, 2016||3||1:21||Tel Aviv, Israel||Won the Bellator Welterweight World Championship.|
|Win||27–6||Paul Daley||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 158||July 16, 2016||3||5:00||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||26–6||Andrey Koreshkov||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 140||July 17, 2015||5||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Lost the Bellator Welterweight World Championship.|
|Win||26–5||Rick Hawn||TKO (corner stoppage)||Bellator 117||April 18, 2014||2||3:19||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States||Won the vacant Bellator Welterweight World Championship.|
|Win||25–5||Ben Saunders||KO (head kick)||Bellator 100||September 20, 2013||2||4:33||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Won the Bellator Season 8 Welterweight Tournament.|
|Win||24–5||Bryan Baker||KO (punch)||Bellator 90||February 21, 2013||1||2:34||West Valley City, Utah, United States||Bellator Season 8 Welterweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||23–5||Michail Tsarev||TKO (leg kicks)||Bellator 86||January 24, 2013||2||1:44||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season 8 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||22–5||Jacob Ortiz||TKO (head kick and knee)||Bellator 79||November 2, 2012||3||4:50||Rama, Ontario, Canada||180 lb Catchweight bout.|
|Loss||21–5||Ben Askren||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 64||April 6, 2012||5||5:00||Windsor, Ontario, Canada||For the Bellator Welterweight World Championship.|
|Win||21–4||Ben Saunders||KO (punches)||Bellator 57||November 12, 2011||2||1:21||Rama, Ontario, Canada||Won the Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament.|
|Win||20–4||Chris Lozano||KO (punch)||Bellator 53||October 8, 2011||2||3:14||Miami, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||19–4||Steve Carl||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 49||September 10, 2011||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey United States||Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||18–4||Terry Martin||TKO (punches)||MFC 29: Conquer||April 8, 2011||1||1:14||Windsor, Ontario, Canada||Defended the MFC Welterweight Championship. Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||17–4||Jesse Juarez||Submission (triangle armbar)||MFC 27||November 12, 2010||3||2:37||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Won the vacant MFC Welterweight Championship. Submission of the Night.|
|Win||16–4||Ryan Ford||Submission (armbar)||MFC 26||September 10, 2010||2||0:48||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||15–4||Cortez Coleman||Decision (split)||SportFight X-1: Beatdown||March 26, 2010||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||Won the 2010 REDLINE Middleweight Grand Prix.|
|Win||14–4||Clint Hester||Decision (unanimous)||Sin City Fight Club: Redline Grand Prix Round 2||November 13, 2009||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||2010 REDLINE Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Win||13–4||Eddie Hernandez||Submission (triangle choke)||Sin City Fight Club: Redline Grand Prix Opening Round||October 10, 2009||1||2:34||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||2010 REDLINE Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Loss||12–4||Eric Dahlberg||Decision (unanimous)||Best of the Best||June 12, 2009||3||5:00||Columbus, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||12–3||Charles Blanchard||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Invincible||March 27, 2009||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||12–2||Joseph Baize||TKO (punches)||Southern Kentucky: Combat League||August 23, 2008||1||2:30||Owensboro, Kentucky, United States|
|Loss||11–2||Brent Weedman||Submission (armbar)||AFL: Bulletproof||May 30, 2008||2||4:39||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||For the vacant AFL Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||11–1||Cody Senseney||TKO (punches)||AFL: Eruption||March 7, 2008||1||2:45||Lexington, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||10–1||Eric Davila||Submission (armbar)||ROF 31: Undisputed||December 1, 2007||2||3:52||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||9–1||Daniel Douglas||Submission (rear-naked choke)||RMBB & PCF 1: HellRazor||October 16, 2007||1||0:28||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||8–1||Kyle Baker||Submission (triangle armbar)||Reign in the Cage||August 11, 2007||1||4:45||Alabama, United States|
|Win||7–1||Ed Nuno||Submission (injury)||XFS 6: Bad Blood||July 14, 2007||1||0:28||Boise, Idaho, United States|
|Win||6–1||Joshua Hancock||TKO (strikes)||Evolution: Mayhem in Albany||March 10, 2007||1||N/A||Albany, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Matt Brown||TKO (punches)||ISCF: Invasion||February 9, 2007||2||2:50||Kennesaw, Georgia, United States||For the vacant ISCF Eastern U.S. Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||5–0||Ray Perales||Submission (punches)||Xtreme Fight Series 3||December 15, 2006||1||3:07||Boise, Idaho, United States|
|Win||4–0||John Nellermoe||Submission (triangle choke)||ISCF: Southside Slugfest||October 21, 2006||1||1:07||Peachtree City, Georgia, United States|
|Win||3–0||Nathan Osterkamp||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Border Warz||October 14, 2006||1||1:57||Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States|
|Win||2–0||Steve Linton||Submission (verbal)||ISCF: Fever Fight Night||September 22, 2006||1||N/A||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||1–0||Carlos Julio Molestina||KO (strikes)||Wild Bill's: Fight Night 3||July 14, 2006||1||1:08||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
- List of current Bellator fighters
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- List of male mixed martial artists
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