Bellator books Michael ‘Venom’ Page – Douglas Lima 2

Bellator MMA announced today that they have finalized a welterweight rematch that fans have been waiting on. The promotion announced that they have finalized the matchup between Michael “Venom” Page (19-1) and Douglas Lima (32-9).

The fight will take place at Bellator 267 on October 1st. The fight will take place in Page’s hometown of London and the rematch will headline the card. This rematch is a couple of years in the making after the two first fought back in 2019.

At Bellator 221, these two met for the first time. Page was doing his thing and showing off a lot of flashy striking. However, during one his entries, Lima took his footing and planted Page. When Page was trying to get up, he was caught with a perfect shot and Lima put him out cold.

That is still the only loss in Page’s professional career. The striker has been saying that Bellator needed to run this back for the last two years and now they finally are. However, the Bellator welterweight title won’t be on the line after Lima lost the title last month.

Bellator 267

While Douglas Lima won back at Bellator 221, he’s going to be the one coming into this fight with no momentum. When these two fight in October, Lima will be carrying a two-fight losing streak and neither fight was particularly competitive.

Meanwhile, Page is 5-0 with four knockouts since the first time these two met. Most recently, Page fought back in May when he broke the nose of Derek Anderson and stopped him after the first round. Despite Lima having won the first fight, Page will likely be the betting favorite at Bellator 267.

These two men were destined to fight again and I can’t wait to see it. Page has long talked about his desire to move over to the UFC once he completes everything he needs to in Bellator. The two things he wanted to do were avenge the loss to Lima and win the Bellator title. He gets his chance at the first one in October.

Bellator 260 Preview: Douglas Lima – Yaroslav Amosov

Tomorrow night in the headliner of Bellator 260, the welterweight title is on the line. Welterweight champion Douglas Lima (32-8) is back to defend his title against the undefeated top contender Yaroslav Amosov (25-0).

Lima is actually looking to bounce back after his last performance. The welterweight champion moved up to middleweight last October at Bellator 250 to challenge the middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi.

While Lima had his moments in that fight, he lost by unanimous decision. That loss snapped the three-fight win streak that Lima was on that led him to the Bellator welterweight championship. His last fight at welterweight came at Bellator 232 when he defeated Rory MacDonald.

Standing across from Lima tomorrow night is Yaroslav Amosov. Amosov has obviously been perfect for his entire professional career, but he’s really stood out since joining Bellator back in 2018.

Since making his debut with the promotion, Amosov has gone an impressive 6-0. In his last fight at Bellator 252 in November, Amosov took on the tough Logan Storley. It was a grueling back-and-forth fight, but ultimately Amosov walked away with a split decision and a welterweight title shot.

Bellator 260 Prediction

I’m so intrigued by this Bellator 260 main event and I’m expecting a very competitive fight. For Amosov, it’s really no secret as to what he’s going to do. I’m looking for Amosov to immediately pressure Lima when the fight starts.

If Amosov is going to become welterweight champion tomorrow night, it’s going to be through his grappling and activity. In Douglas Lima’s last fight, he was a bit too passive and it allowed Gegard Mousasi to get way out ahead on the scorecards.

If Lima wants to keep his title tomorrow night, he’s going to have to engage with Amosov. One big concern I have about Amosov is his cardio. We saw him completely exhausted at the end of his fight with Storley at Bellator 252.

That was only a three-round fight and if he gets that tired again, I think he’s going to be in massive trouble. I think the first half of this fight is going to favor Amosov, but I think Lima comes on strong late. My prediction is that Amosov will get too tired and Lima was score a championship round TKO to retain his Bellator crown.

Prediction: Douglas Lima by TKO – Round 4

Bellator books Douglas Lima – Yaroslav Amosov

The Bellator welterweight title is going to be defended in June. Yahoo’s Kevin Iole was the first to report today that the promotion had finalized a matchup between welterweight champion Douglas Lima (32-8) and unbeaten top contender Yaroslav Amosov (25-0).

The title fight will take place at Bellator 260 on June 10th. For Amosov, this is the opportunity that he’s been waiting for since he joined Bellator. “Dynamo” signed with the promotion back in 2018 and debuted against Gerald Harris.

After an impressive win against Harris, Bellator put Amosov in there with UFC veteran Erick Silva. Again, it was another impressive win for the welterweight out of The Ukraine.

After three more impressive victories, Bellator booked him against Logan Storley last November. The matchup against Storley told us a lot about how good Yaroslav Amosov can be.

The fight was razor close. While there were times where Amosov looked vulnerable, he ultimately pulled out the decision win at Bellator 252. That win was good enough for Scott Coker to make Amosov the number one contender at 170 pounds.

Bellator 260

At Bellator 260, we will see the welterweight return of Douglas Lima. Douglas Lima is one of the best welterweights in the world regardless of promotion. However, last fight took place at middleweight.

At Bellator 250, Lima attempted to become a two-division champion. Lima moved up to take on Gegard Mousasi. Lima had won three fights in a row and he was a popular pick on the betting lines.

Mousasi proved to be too much for the welterweight champion. Lima was extremely hesitant to pull the trigger and he just wasn’t active enough to earn himself a decision.

Now, Lima will go back to his natural weight class where the undefeated Ukrainian awaits him. We should see an incredible matchup at Bellator 260 and I expect the grappling of Amosov to push Lima hard. Will it be enough to take the belt away from him? Time will tell on that one.

State of the Bellator Welterweight Division

A couple of week’s ago, Bellator welterweight champion, Douglas Lima (32-8), failed in his attempt to become a two-division world champion. Lima fought and was defeated by Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 250.

After the loss, Lima will return to the welterweight division where he holds the crown. There are a number of contenders in the 170 pound division. However, there is not a clear next opponent for Lima at the moment.

In looking at the Bellator welterweight division, there are four fighters who are all coming off victories near the top of the division. The one with the most name recognition would be Michael “Venom” Page (18-1).

MVP has won four fights in a row since being knocked out by Lima. Lima is the only man to get the better of Page inside the cage. However, Page hasn’t fought top competition since the loss which could hurt his chances at getting the next shot.

Another top contender would be Lorenz Larkin (22-7, 1 NC). Larkin has won four in a row including an impressive victory over Andrey Koreshkov back in October of 2019. He has also lost to the current champion back in 2017.

Two other top contenders are grapplers Neiman Gracie (10-1) and Yaroslav Amosov (25-0). Gracie is coming off of an impressive submission win over Jon Fitch while Amosov just edged out Logan Storley last week at Bellator 252.

What’s next for Bellator?

If I’m being completely honest, I’m not sure there is a clear top contender for Bellator at the moment. If I was playing matchmaker, I would lean towards Michael Page to make the biggest fight possible.

However, Lima recently said that Page doesn’t deserve a shot due to the lack of competition. If that was the stance from my champion, I would personally look to book Page against Lorenz Larkin. Larkin has expressed interest in fighting MVP. 

That would be my number one contenders match for the next shot at the Bellator crown. I would also pit Gracie against Amosov. Amosov didn’t really impress in his last fight. Despite the perfect record, I don’t think he’s ready for a shot just yet.

The only man to defeat Neiman Gracie was Rory MacDonald. I think if you pit these two grapplers against each other, you could make the argument that either or would deserve a shot if they win.

Bellator definitely has some options, but I would personally book these two fights before giving anyone to the champion. Let Lima take a little time after his loss, and let a true number one contender emerge from this group.

Battle of the unbeatens at Bellator 252

Tomorrow night Bellator 252 hosts a number of fantastic fights. For obvious reasons, a lot of the attention is on the headliner between Patricio Pitbull and Pedro Carvalho. Aaron Pico is also on the Bellator card tomorrow night.

However, there is a fantastic matchup in the welterweight division which really deserves a lot of attention. The fight pairs two top contenders against each other, and both of these fighters happen to be undefeated entering Bellator 252.

That welterweight contest is between Yaroslav Amosov (24-0) and Logan Storley (11-0). Both of these welterweights are looking to take one step closer to securing a shot at Bellator welterweight champion, Douglas Lima.

Storley will be making his seventh appearance inside of Bellator. Storley has gone through every opponent that the promotion has put in front of him including Joaquin Buckley who became a sensation after his highlight knockout in the UFC.

A six-time state champion in wrestling, Storley has used his dominance on the mat to secure his perfect record. There aren’t many people Storley will enter the cage against who will bring his level of ground skills. However, Amosov is one of those fighters.

Bellator 252 Prediction

If you want to find a fighter who displays dominance, look no further than Yaroslav Amosov. 24 men have stepped across from him and all 24 have lost. Out of those 24 victories, only five of them have gone to the scorecards.

Amosov is a world champion in Sambo. He’s extremely good when it comes to his grappling and he displayed those skills against a top wrestler like Ed Ruth. On top of his skills on the mat, Amosov also has really decent striking.

This is a really tough matchup for a guy like Logan Storley. He’s got incredible wrestling credentials, but he’s going up against a guy who might be better on the mat. On top of that, Amosov is going to have the striking advantage.

When it comes to a prediction for Bellator 252, I’m definitely leaning towards Amosov. I just see there being more ways for him to win this fight. I think Storley will keep it competitive, but Amosov just has too many tools in the toolbox.

Prediction: Yaroslav Amosov by Unanimous Decision

Douglas Lima falls to Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 250

Tonight one of the more anticipated matchups of the year took place at Bellator 250. Welterweight champion, Douglas Lima (32-7), was looking to become a two-division world champion. Standing in his way was former Bellator middleweight champion, Gegard Mousasi (46-7-2).

Lima entered the Bellator cage on a three fight winning streak. He was 6-1 in his last seven fights, but he’s already avenged the one loss he had in the span. Lima is widely considered to be one of the best fighters that Bellator has to offer.

There haven’t been many fighters who have been as consistently good over a long period of time as Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi was a champion in every major organization he’s competed in except for the UFC. He was already the Bellator middleweight champion.

Mousasi lost his crown to Rafael Lovato back at Bellator 223. However, due to some medical issues outside the cage, Lovato retired and vacated the middleweight crown. That is how we arrived at Bellator 250 with Lima looking to become a two-division champ.

Bellator 250 Main Event Recap

As the Bellator 250 main event kicked off, Mousasi plotted forward to try to close the distance on Lima. Lima fired off a couple of powerful leg kicks which caused Mousasi to shoot in for a takedown. After defending well at first, Lima was taken down and gave up his back.

Lima was able to work his way back up to his feet, but Mousasi dragged him back down. Lima forced a scramble, but Mousasi ended up in his guard. Mousasi did a fantastic job of landing shots from the top position as the first round came to a close.

As the second round opened, the Bellator welterweight champion looked a little gun shy. Mousasi plotted forward again closing the distance on Lima. Lima appeared to be trying to time Mousasi’s attack while his back was against the cage.

In the second, every time Mousasi pressed forward, Lima was going a good job of landing shots. With 90 seconds left in the round, Mousasi shot in for another takedown. However, Lima did a fantastic job of keeping the fight standing. Much better second round for the Bellator welterweight champion.

The third round again started with Mousasi plotting forward. Lima landed a really nice leg kick, but he wasn’t throwing very much. Mousasi plotted forward throwing straight punches, but nothing was really landing in the third.

Halfway through the round, Lima pushed forward with a big combination. However, as soon as he landed it, he went back to not throwing much. Mousasi continued to press forward the rest of the round throwing feeler shots. With the overall output and pressure, Mousasi was up three rounds.

Championship Rounds

The fourth round opened with Mousasi shooting in for a takedown. Mousasi was able to spin to Lima’s back and push him against the fence. He slammed the Bellator welterweight champion to the ground, but Lima was able to get back up.

After the two fighters broke, Lima landed a really nice leg kick. However, Mousasi didn’t seem phased by the kick. Mousasi just continued to plot forward. Lima landed a couple of additional hard leg kicks that caused Mousasi to switch his stance. A very close round that could have gone either way.

The final round opened with both men standing in the center of the cage. Lima landed a really hard leg kick to get the striking started. The leg kicks seemed to be taking a tole on Mousasi in the fifth as he wasn’t moving forward like he was in the previous rounds.

Lima started landing some good shots as he was backing Mousasi up. Instead of throwing one or two shots, Lima was finally starting to put together combinations on Mousasi. Mousasi was not throwing much at all in the fifth round.

Mousasi was able to catch a leg kick with 90 seconds left in the round and take Lima down. Lima looked extremely frustrated after he was taken to the ground. Mousasi wasn’t attacking much from the top, but he did a good job of holding control. Despite the takedown, I give the final round the Bellator welterweight champion.

It wasn’t the most exciting fight in the world, but it was extremely tactical. A couple of rounds were close, but I had Mousasi winning this one 48-47. The judges agreed and Gegard Mousasi is the new Bellator middleweight champion.

Gegard Mousasi def. Douglas Lima by Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)

Bellator 250 Preview: Who will win the vacant middleweight title?

Tomorrow night, Bellator MMA returns with a fantastic title fight in their middleweight division. In the main event, Gegard Mousasi (46-7-2) will be taking on the welterweight champion, Douglas Lima (32-7) for the vacant Bellator middleweight championship.

Mousasi appears to be nearing the end of his historic MMA career. He is looking to become the Bellator champion for the second time in this one. Mousasi is coming off of a split decision victory over Lyoto Machida back at Bellator 228.

Prior to that, Mousasi had lost his crown to Rafael Lovato. Lovato has since retired which is why there is a vacant title in the middleweight division. Lima is moving up from welterweight looking to become the next Bellator double champ.

Lima is 6-1 in his last seven fights inside the Bellator cage. However, he’s avenged the one loss that he had in that span in his last fight. Lima claimed the welterweight title after he defeated Rory MacDonald by unanimous decision at Bellator 232.

Prior to that, Lima had finishes of Andrey Koreshkov and Michaal Venom Page. The Page knockout is still one of the most played knockouts in the history of Bellator. This should be a fantastic matchup for the middleweight title.

Bellator 250 Prediction

This is the second time that a welterweight champion has gone up to take on Gegard Mousasi. The last time it was Rory MacDonald that tried to move up to challenge Mousasi at Bellator 206. The fight was extremely one sided.

Mousasi used his superior strength and control to overwhelm MacDonald. Ultimately, Mousasi was able to get the TKO win in the second round. Lima is going to have his hands full tomorrow night trying to win his second Bellator title.

I’m a big fan of Douglas Lima. However, I’m not sure about this matchup for him. Lima is going to have his moments in this one, but I don’t see either fighter getting a finish. With that, I think you’ll see Mousasi edge out Lima in a very close fight.

Prediction: Gegard Mousasi by Unanimous Decision

Bellator: Douglas Lima and Gegard Mousasi to battle for the middleweight crown

Things are moving fast and furious for Bellator MMA on this Friday afternoon. This morning it was confirmed that the promotion would be hosting the first major MMA event in the country of France.

Shortly after, President Scott Coker announced that the promotion would be moving to CBS Sports Network. However, the announcements didn’t stop there. Bellator announced that welterweight champion, Douglas Lima (32-7), would be taking on Gegard Mousasi (46-7-2) for the middleweight title on October 29th.

Another Bellator Double Champ?

Bellator‘s welterweight champion is looking to become another one of the promotion’s double champs. They had two before Ryan Bader lost at Bellator 244, now Patricio Pitbull is the only one. Douglas Lima is looking to take the champ-champ status.

Since 2016, Lima has looked incredible inside the cage. He’s gone 6-1 with his lone loss coming to Rory MacDonald. Lima got a rematch with MacDonald back in October of 2019 and dominated him to get that loss back. Prior to that win, Lima had a highlight reel knockout of Michael Page back at Bellator 221.

Gegard Mousasi left the UFC back in 2017 for a better deal with Bellator. Mousasi was one of the best middleweights in the world which is why Bellator gave him a great deal. Mousasi won his first three fights and was the Bellator middleweight champion.

Then, at Bellator 223, Mousasi lost by majority decision to Rafael Lovato Jr. Lovato was originally going to be the one to fight Lima, but due to a brain condition, Lovato relinquished the middleweight title. Mousasi will now get another crack at the title.

Mousasi is coming off of a split decision win over Lyoto Machida last September. This is a massive fight for the promotion. There are a lot of exciting things going on in Bellator right now, and fights of this magnitude will continue to draw fans in.

Bellator MMA preparing for July 24th return

Per multiple reports, Bellator MMA is ready to open their doors. Bellator is expected to have a three-month residency at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Unvasville, Connecticut. We have not seen any Bellator action since the promotion halted production back in early March.

Per MMA Fighting, the deal is a partnership with Showtime Championship Boxing who will also be sharing the arena. There are multiple hurdles still to overcome, but the promotion is focused on getting back to action in a couple of weeks.

Exciting Bellator Matchups Upcoming

There are no dates just yet, but there are several matchups that should get MMA fans excited about Bellator returning. One of the matchups that sticks out to me is the matchup between Douglas Lima (32-7) and Gegard Mousasi (46-7-2) for the vacant middleweight title. Lima is truly one of the best fighters in the world, and I’m interested to see if he can become a two-division world champion in Bellator.

Another fight I’m interested in is the rematch between Michael Chandler (20-5) and Benson Henderson (28-8). Chandler has long been considered one of the better lightweights in the world. He’s coming up on his last fight under his current Bellator deal, and he’s expected to test out free agency. If he wins impressively, expect several promotions to come calling with good offers.

Of course you have to think Bellator will move quickly to book the anticipated matchup between Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (30-4) and Pedro Carvalho (11-3). Pitbull is one of the best fighters in the world. He’s currently one of two double-champs in Bellator. There was some heat in this matchup, and it was just days from happening before the pandemic shut everything down.

More Fights for Fans

Dana White and the UFC have done a tremendous job of getting sports going over the last couple of months. However, now that Bellator is coming back, fight fans are going to see even more action. You have to think Bellator is going to come out strong after being behind for the last few months.