Douglas "The Phenom" Lima was 18 years old when he made his pro mixed martial arts debut in 2006. The Georgia-based fighter spent the early portion of career in various southern promotions before joining Canada's MFC, where he became the welterweight champion. He was invited to join a Bellator tournament in 2011 after compiling an 18-4 record.
Lima made his Bellator debut in September 2011, defeating Steve Carl by decision in their Season 5 quarterfinal fight. His following performances cemented him as a must-see prospect, as he knocked out Chris Lozano and UFC-vet Ben Saunders to become the Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Champion. "The Phenom" was defeated by Askren in their title fight at Bellator 64, which ended a nine-fight winning streak. He bounced back by defeating Jacob Ortiz at Bellator 79. Lima then entered the Bellator Season 8 Welterweight Tournament. He defeated Michail Tsarev with leg kicks in the tournament quarter-finals and then knocked out Bryan Baker in the first round of their semi-finals fight.
Record: 24-5 (10 KOs, 11 subs)
Championships and Accolades:
Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Champion
MFC Welterweight Champion