Douglas Lima vs Rick Hawn Meet for Vacant Welterweight Title at Bellator 117

Douglas Lima

Douglas Lima

  • 25-5 MMA / 7-1 Bellator Record
  • 4 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Michail Tsarev, Bryan Baker, Ben Saunders (x2)

Rick Hawn

Rick Hawn

  • 18-2 MMA / 10-2 Bellator Record
  • 4 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Ron Keslar, Lyman Good, Brent Weedman (x2)

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Bellator 117

April 18, 2014

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Mid-America Center

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Douglas Lima improved his Bellator tournament record to 6-0, after stopping Ben Saunders with a head kick knockout last September for his second tournament win. He rolled through the season eight tourney with three straight knockout wins over Michail Tsarev, Brian Baker, and Saunders. Lima’s only loss since June of 2009, was a hard fought decision defeat to then-champ, Ben Askren at Bellator 64.

Rick Hawn was crowned the season nine welterweight tournament winner at Bellator 109, with third round knockout victory over Ron Keslar. It was his fourth-straight win since falling short on his bid to win the lightweight title against Michael Chandler last January, including tournament wins over Herman Terrado and Brent Weedman.

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