Lima Earns Title Shot in Bellator’s London Main Event

Before Bellator 158: London, Douglas “The Phenom” Lima had not been in a cage for a whopping 27 months after dealing with lengthy knee issues. His return was not just a literal physical battle but also a battle for relevance. While security might have let him in through a back door of the O2 leading up to the night’s marquee fight will England’s Paul “Semtex” Daley, he kicked down the proverbial door to relevance by the end of the night. Welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov is his next target.

The ring rust in the part of Lima seems evident as he suffers a left hook. POW! Daley is floored early in the round by a right uppercut. The action shifts to the ground game. Lima produces little thanks to the defense of the man nicknamed after a plastic explosive.

Referee John McCarthy forces separation after a clinch stalemate.

Lima offers up a straight left and Daley tries to gift him with a high kick that misses. Daley takes a couple shots in the name of advancing in on his man to return fire. “Semtex” comes in with an overhand right-left uppercut combination. Both try to grind their competition down with more dirty boxing, but little occurs. It’s mostly leg kicks from that point until the sound of the first bell.

Daley is the one moving to begin the second. The commentators noted the impressive accomplishment that that Lima (now 27-6) has not been knocked out in 20 fights over nine years. A minute and a half or so passes with not much more than leg kicks. Daley attempts to catch the left leg of the returning contender and is met with multiple jabs.

They clinch when Daley can’t get a takedown but go back to what’s been working soon after. The pure difference in power seems to have to take away any home advantage for Daley as he takes another uppercut on the chin following a left hooked. He’s been more aggressive in the second, but the punches aren’t adding up quickly enough for either man.

Daley is staggering as Lima score with knees. This time, a right uppercut lands before another takedown gets stuffed. Lima forces his way down into his opponent’s half guard. He gets the better of the Englishman with ground and pound. Standing once again, another left straight whips Daley’s head up toward the arena lights.

A left hook and falling takedown help put Lima ahead 2-Nil. Going for a kimura is the only positive of the last round for Daley. Striking and elbows from Lima finish things off.

Douglas Lima def. Paul Daley by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

The Rest of the Card

Matt Mitrione def.Oli Thompson via TKO (Punches) 2 4:21

Francis Carmontdef. Łukasz Klinger via Submission (D’arce Choke)1 3:54

Michael Page def. Evangelista Santos via KO (Flying Knee) 2 4:31

James Gallagher def. Mike Cutting via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Preliminary card (

James Mulherondef.Neil Grove via Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)

Luiz Henrique Tostavs vs. Dean Garnett- Draw (majority) (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

MiddleweightDanny Mitchell def .CJ Meeks via Submission (Twister) 1 4:25

FeatherweightNathaniel Wood def. Chase Morton via Submission (Rear Naked Choke)3 3:55

Jason Radcliffe def.Jack Mason via KO (Knee)1 0:14

Manuel Garcia def.Alex Reid via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)35:00

Pietro Menga def. Spencer Hewitt via KO (Punch) 1 0:41

Mike Shipman def. Dominic Clark via Submission (Anaconda Choke) 1