Bellator’s Douglas Lima Announces Injury, Rematch With Ben Saunders Delayed Again
By FCF Staff
Bellator’s Season 8 welterweight tourney finale has been postponed again, as Douglas Lima has announced that he will not fight Ben Saunders on July 31st as scheduled, due to injury.
The former tourney winner and 25 year-old confirmed the news via Twitter.
Very unlucky with these back to back injuries but the fight is off for July. I’m injured again. Hope to get back training in no time.
Another neither Lima or Bellator have disclosed any information about the injury, according to Sherdog.com, the fighter has torn cartilage in his ribs. There’s been no word yet as to whether Saunders will still compete on the Bellator 97 card.
Saunders and Lima were expected to fight earlier this year, however, Lima broke his hand during his semifinals stoppage win over Bryan Baker in February. Saunders knocked out Raul Amaya that same February 21st night with a head kick.
The two met for the first time in November, 2011, and Lima stopped the TUF vet in the second round.
Bellator 97 will take place in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and will feature welterweight champion Ben Askren taking on recent tourney winner, Andrey Koreshkov.
The card will also see lightweight champ Michael Chandler fight David Rickels.