Lima, Macfarlane Sign Exclusive Extensions With Bellator
Two of the top champions in Bellator today are staying with the company for the long run. Via a press release, Bellator MMA announced that they have come to an agreement on a multi-fight, multi-year extension with Douglas Lima and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane.
No terms of price were discussed in regards to the new deal. Both Lima (32-7) and Macfarlane (11-0) are considered true homegrown talents of Bellator.
“Both Douglas Lima and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane continue to prove they are two of the most dominant fighters on the Bellator roster,” said Bellator President Scott Coker. “They made their Bellator debuts very early on in their careers, have climbed to the top of their respective divisions and have come to represent what this promotion is all about. As champions, both have taken on all challenges and have succeeded in every opportunity. I look forward to watching them continue their careers with us.”
The first and current Bellator Women’s Flyweight Champion, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane made her pro debut in 2015 and has not looked back. She went 5-0 with the promotion before beating Emily Ducote back at Bellator 186 via submission for the belt. She has successfully defended it four times, her last bout a unanimous decision win over Kate Jackson at Bellator 236. Macfarlane has been one of the key factors in Bellator heading to Hawaii. She has main evented two cards there so far, and looks to continue the tradition with Bellator.
Macfarlane recently launched The Ilimanator Scholarship for indigenous girls, using her platform to make a difference. There are talks of a Grand Prix for the women’s flyweight division, with Macfarlane at the forefront.
With Bellator since 2011, Douglas Lima is a three-time Welterweight Champion. The 32-year-old just beat Rory MacDonald in the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix finals to win the title once again, while also winning $1,000,000. Lima is tied for first in multiple records for Bellator, including: most KO’s (9), most welterweight wins (13), most stoppage victories in the welterweight division (9) and most KO’s in the the welterweight division (8).
With Rafael Lovato Jr. relinquishing the Bellator Middleweight Championship, Lima has expressed interest in owning more gold while with Bellator.