Lima Hopes to Face MacDonald in Grand Prix Final
Douglas Lima has one eye on his Bellator 206 opponent and the other eye on the rest of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix bracket.
The tournament begins at Bellator 206 with an opening round contest featuring a trilogy bout between two rival former champions — Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Not only is Lima hoping to make it to the final, he hopes that one participant in particular on the other side of the bracket, current welterweight champion Rory MacDonald, makes it to the final.
Lima lost the title to MacDonald by decision back in January at Bellator 192.
“Round six. Let’s get it done,” Lima said. “We have some unfinished business. I’m rooting for him to win his fights and we meet in the final. He’s a tough guy, and the fight will definitely be even bigger if we meet in the final. I’m doing my part, and I hope he does his part. The perfect scenario is winning this tournament beating him in the final.”
Lima says that while he didn’t expect to face Koreshkov in the opening round, he’s happy to have the trilogy bout and to eliminate who he feels is one of the tougher competitors in the tournament early. Lima adds that with five-round fights throughout the tournament “whoever wins the tournament really is the man, and that motivates me.”
“Name another tournament that is bigger than this,” Lima, a three-time Bellator tournament winner, said. “This tournament will be bigger than [Bellator’s] heavyweight tournament. It will be the most exciting tournament in history. We have tough guys, young prospects like [Neiman] Gracie and [Ed] Ruth, who have few fights but are great fighters, so it won’t be easy. It’s going to be huge.”
The winner of the Lima-Koreshkov bout will face the winner of a long-awaited bout between British rivals Paul Daley and Michael Page. On the other side of the bracket, Gracie and Ruth will compete in one first-round bout, while the other will see MacDonald defend the Bellator Welterweight Title against Jon Fitch.
The Bellator Welterweight Title will be on the line throughout the tournament, regardless of if MacDonald loses it and to whom. This will ensure the tournament winner will be the undisputed welterweight champion, along with winning a $1 million cash prize, courtesy of 50 Cent.
Meanwhile, MacDonald will be competing for a gold of a different kind at Bellator 206 — stepping up to 185 to challenge Gegard Mousasi for the Bellator Middleweight Title.
Original Story: MMA Fighting