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Douglas Lima breaks Amosov, responds to MVP


UNCASVILLE, Connecticut – The king of the Bellator welterweight division is back.

After an unsuccessful middleweight attempt to achieve champion status, Douglas Lima will defend his 170-pound title against Yaroslav Amosov in the headliner of Bellator 260. The event takes place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The main card airs on Showtime after preliminaries on MMA Junkie.

Atop the divisional throne once again, Lima’s one-time 185-pounder match saw new contenders, like Amosov and Bellator 260 co-star Jason Jackson, to surface at welterweight.

Amosov (25-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) has a record that is eye-catching even for the casual fan. Whatever the level of opposition, Lima (32-7 MMA, 14-3 BMMA) considers that Amosov must hang on.

“I think he deserves (the title) for sure,” Lima told MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “He’s got some solid wins. He does not choose an opponent. He fights everyone they give him and (a) an undefeated record. I think he’s definitely the guy who deserves it.

“… He’s having a very good fight. He hits really well. He has a really impressive track record. You don’t see that much. It doesn’t matter where you come from, where you fought. If you’re 25-0, you’re doing something right.

Amosov’s success hinges on a number of different skills, but his wrestling base is often what separates him from his opponents, such as during his performances against NCAA All-Americans Ed Ruth and Logan Storley. Despite this, Lima did not quickly call Amosov the best wrestler he has faced.

“He’s definitely got a different style than a bunch of other wrestlers. But, he’s good. It’s just different styles. That’s what I said. But he’s definitely tough. But like I said, I’ve been there with all types of (wrestlers) like straight wrestlers, wrestlers-forwards.

As the new faces are appreciated, an old nemesis has also emerged as the next potential No.1 contender. Michael “Venom” Page (19-1 MMA, 15-1 BMMA), whom Lima beat by KO at the Bellator 221 in 2019. , recently called the defending champion a “non-champion” and accused him of dodging the fights.

Lima finds Page’s verbal punches ridiculous but will be happy to force him in the future – perhaps, in his next fight after the Bellator 260.

“I mean, of course he’s trying to get the fight,” Lima said. “He won fights. In my opinion, I don’t think he’s fighting any guys (who will lead him) to the title. As much as I’m running, come on, man. I was never offered the fight. If he made his right moves, we would offer him the fight. Scott Coker never came to me and said, ‘OK,’ MVP ‘is next.’ No, I’ll say no, no, come on. This is the guy I killed in two rounds. Why would I say no to a fight like this? You know what I mean? But he just has to do his job. I think maybe his only away win.

“If he fights Larkin or Koreshkov, that will get him there. But he doesn’t do that. He’s not fighting guys (who) are in the top five, top three – guys (who will take him to the title). I’m not too worried about it. I’m focusing on that right now. We’ll see what happens after.