On Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, Douglas Lima came close to blanking Rory MacDonald on the judge’s scorecards to win not only the Bellator 170 pound title but the promotion’s Welterweight Grand Prix and the million dollar prize attached. Judges scored the fight 50-45, 50-45, and 49-46 for Lima, which is an accurate numerical accounting of just how solidly outclassed MacDonald ended up in the second fight between these two (check out our scores here).
Quite simply, Lima got the better of MacDonald in all areas. He hurt Rory with leg kicks, mixing in some thunderous body shots for good measure. His striking was more frequent and damaging. He came out on top in scrambles and grappling exchanges. MacDonald was never able to build any momentum, and at times seemed too content to keep Lima pressed against the cage or spend time on his back.
He didn’t get bulldozed, but every round after the first went very obviously to Lima. Here’s some of the highlights from across the fight that give you a pretty good summary of how it went down:
Douglas Lima (32-7) earns vengeance, one million dollars, and a third title reign, mastering Rory MacDonald in a far more cerebral and one-sided retake of their classic. A stunning jab, cleaving low kicks, and sterling takedown defense secure the GP for "The Phenom." #Bellator232 pic.twitter.com/6HanWkUm75— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) October 27, 2019
You can enjoy some of Lima’s kicks from the first half of the fight:
And here’s a fifth round scramble with Lima once again coming out on top:
Bellator 232’s result was undoubtedly a shocking result for anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to Lima through the Grand Prix - the Brazilian subbed Andrey Koreshkov and then KO’d the KO artist Michael Page to make it into the finals. The loss costs Rory MacDonald his welterweight strap and puts a sad trombone ending on a lackluster year that saw him go to a majority draw against Jon Fitch, earn a decision win over Neiman Gracie, before losing it all to Lima.
The win avenges a unanimous decision loss Lima suffered against MacDonald from back in January of 2018 which saw Rory take the belt. With this victory, Lima has now won the 170 pound title three times in his 8 years with the promotion.