Bellator 117 is headlined by the Welterweight title fight between Rick Hawn and Douglas Lima. The title was vacated by Ben Askren when he was released by the promotion and subsequently moved on to ONE FC.
Since losing to Ben Askren for the Welterweight championship back at Bellator 64, Lima has won four fights in a row all by way of TKO/KO. Tonight he looks for redemption in his second crack at the Bellator title.
Rick Hawn has won both the Lightweight and Welterweight Bellator tournaments. After losing to former Lightweight champion, Michael Chandler in their title bout back at Bellator 85, Hawn has won four fights in a row to get his shot at the Bellator Welterweight title.
Round 1: They touch gloves to start. Feinting from both men. Jab from Lima and another. Hawn with a lunging left hook that just misses. Lima to the body. Low kick from Lima. Very methodical approach here from both men. Right hand from Lima. Hawn with a jab, but misses. Low kick from Lima countered by a left from Hawn. Left hand from Hawn. Boos from the crowd. Leg kick from Lima and a stinging jab. Lima with another jab. Teep kick from Lima. Lima is stalking Hawn on the cage, and Hawn is circling. Hawn rushes in with a combination, but Lima blocks. Hard leg kick from Lima. Another hard leg kick and Hawn crumbles to the mat in pain. Hawn tries for a takedown, but Lima sprawls and lets Hawn stand up. Hawn explodes in with a 1-2, but nothing lands. Another hard leg kick drops Hawn and Lima follows up with a brutal knee to the body. Hawn turtles up, but survives to the end of the round. 10-9 Lima
Round 2: Hawn’s left hook is blocked. Hard leg kick from Lima. Teep kick from Lima. Leg kick from Lima as Hawn attempts a takedown. Hawn on his back, but Lima asks him to stand up. Another crushing leg kick drops Hawn. This is just brutal. Hawn on his back again, but Lima lets him up. Lima goes high, and then to the body with a kick. Another leg kick drops Hawn, and Lima lets him up again. 1-2 from Lima and a teep kick. Hawn with a flurry, but it is blocked. Lima goes high, but Hawn blocks it. Another leg kick from Lima drops Hawn. Hawn is helpless on his back and the referee asks Hawn’s corner if they want to stop it. Hawn’s corner calls an end to the bout. Douglas Lima is the new Bellator Welterweight champion.
Official Decision: Douglas Lima defeats Rick Hawn by TKO (corner stoppage) Round 2 (3:19)