On October 25 and 26, Bellator returns to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. for two back-to-back nights of exciting MMA action.
On Friday, a heavyweight battle between former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir(18-13) and the always-tough Roy Nelson (23-17), while Saturday’s show will see the long-awaited championship rematch between Rory MacDonald (21-5-1) and Douglas Lima (31-7) in the Finals of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix with one million dollars on the line.
Splitting time between Kelowna, British Columbia and Montreal, Canada, MacDonald will be entering the Bellator cage for the sixth time, in search of his fourth promotional victory and second over the surging Lima. The last time the two met inside the cage, the 30-year-old Tristar Gym product emerged victorious in a 25-minute war and “Fight of the Year” candidate that resulted in a unanimous decision win for the welterweight title. Since then, MacDonald competed for the middleweight world championship against Gegard Mousasi and successfully defended his welterweight strap twice en route to the Welterweight World Grand Prix Finals. Following a pair of five-round battles with Jon Fitch at Bellator 220, and most recently Neiman Gracie at Bellator 222, the “Red King” will look to once again protect his 170-pound strap and take home the one-million-dollar tournament prize when he faces Lima on Oct. 26.
Hailing from Goiania, Brazil and now fighting out of Atlanta, Georgia, the 31-year-old Lima will be competing in the main event of Bellator 232, a Welterweight World Grand Prix final with two belts and a one-million-dollar prize on the line. Since making his promotional debut in 2011, “The Phenom” has earned 13 victories, including a pair of world titles and 10 finishes. The American Top Team product has won five of his last six and 10 of his last 12 contests, making him one of the most dominant fighters in the 170-pound class. With 26 of his 31 career victories coming by way of knockout or submission, including consecutive finishes over Andrey Koreshkov and Michael “Venom” Page” in the first two rounds of the tournament, Lima will attempt to add to his streak and put an early end to MacDonald’s night inside the Mohegan Sun Arena on Oct. 26.
Updated Bellator 232: MacDonald vs. Lima 2 Fight Card:
Welterweight World Grand Prix Final: Rory MacDonald (21-5-1) vs. Douglas Lima (31-7)