Lima, ‘Sapo’ to Compete in Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Draw
On the heels of Bellator
Fighting Championships’ fourth-season finale, the promotion’s
upcoming fifth iteration has already begun to take shape.
Sherdog.com has learned from a source close to the fighters that
Brazilian prospects Luis “Sapo”
Santos (Pictured) and Douglas Lima
will compete in Bellator’s Season 5 welterweight tournament.
According to the source, Santos earned his spot by besting Nicolae Cury
by unanimous decision at
Bellator 45 on May 21.
Santos and Lima aside, few details have been revealed regarding
Bellator’s fourth welterweight tournament, which is expected to
begin in September and will air on MTV2. Former champion Lyman Good was
expected to face Dan
Hornbuckle for a spot in the eight-man field at
Bellator 44, but Good was forced to withdraw from the bout due
to injury. UFC veteran Ben Saunders
is rumored to compete, as are fourth-season finalist Rick Hawn and
recent signee Michael
Santos, 31, will ride an eight-fight win streak into his first
Bellator tournament. “Sapo” made his one and only WEC appearance in
2008, losing by doctor stoppage following the first round of his
bout against Alex
Serdyukov. A veteran of more than 50 pro fights, Santos has 36
stoppage victories to his credit.
Lima, the most recent Maximum Fighting Championship welterweight
titlist, impressed during his three-fight stint in Canada’s premier
promotion. After submitting Ryan Ford with
an armbar in his MFC debut, Lima finished Jesse Juarez
with a combination triangle-armbar in November to claim the title.
Lima’s lone title defense came in April, when “The Phenom” smashed
Martin in just 74 seconds at MFC 29.
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