Douglas Lima chopped down Rich Hawn at Bellator 117. | Photo: Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
Four-time national judo champion and 2004 Olympian Rick Hawn could not withstand repeated Douglas Lima kicks to his lower leg.
Lima captured the vacant Bellator MMA welterweight crown in spectacular fashion, forcing a second-round corner stoppage against Hawn in the Bellator 117 main event on Friday at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Referee Rob Hinds called a halt to the bout at the request of Firas Zahabi 3:19 into round two, the Tristar Gym trainer having witnessed his fighter absorb enough damage.
Hawn (18-3, 10-3 Bellator) was on the defensive from the start, as he failed to navigate the 26-year-old Brazilian’s height and reach advantage. Operating out of an American Top Team affiliate in Atlanta, Lima (26-5, 8-1 Bellator) was surgical and methodical in his approach. One violent leg kick after another slammed into Hawn’s lead leg, leading to visible discoloration and noticeable swelling on his calf. Less than midway through the second, it was over.
“I know how dangerous Rick is, so that’s why I wasn’t rushing in to finish,” said Lima, who has rattled off 14 wins in 15 appearances. “I respect him a lot -- he’s a respectful guy -- but it was my night. It’s been a long, long road. I realized my dream.”
Held Triangle Submits Anderson in Semifinals
Held (18-3, 7-2 Bellator) was relentless with his trusted ground game. The 22-year-old Pole struck for a takedown inside the first minute and ran through a series of attempted leg locks. Anderson denied his advances but mounted little in the way of meaningful offense outside of some brief ground-and-pound.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt sat down Anderson with a stout left hand in the second round before ultimately pulling guard. From there, he lured the Californian into the triangle choke, a tapout following soon after. Held has won eight of his past nine bouts.
‘Psycho’ Amoussou Edges Gomez
Gomez (16-8, 0-1 Bellator) had his moments, as he staggered the Frenchman with clean power punches in the first and second rounds. However, Amoussou was the busier striker and more diverse fighter over the duration of their 15-minute encounter.
The judo black belt threatened Gomez with a heel hook in round two and utilized his polished clinch game in round three, piling up points with close-quarters punches and knees to the body and legs.
‘Pitbull’ Stops Campos, Reaches Lightweight Final
Campos (14-4, 3-2 Bellator) could not sustain the momentum he established in round one, where he threw and landed more often, kept his fists in the Brazilian’s face and chopped at his legs with intermittent kicks.
“Pitbull” floored the Texan with a short left roughly 10 seconds into the second round and leveled him again with a wicked overhand right before transitioning to his back for the stoppage.
The loss snapped a five-fight winning streak for Campos.