Douglas Lima suffers broken hand, final with Ben Saunders delayed until summer

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The Bellator season 8 Welterweight final between Douglas Lima and Ben Saunders has been postponed. Get all the details here at Bloody Elbow.

The planned Bellator season 8 Welterweight final has been postponed. Douglas Lima vs. Ben Saunders was set to cap off the current season's Welterweight tournament, however Lima suffered a broken hand in his semifinal victory over Bryan Baker. As a result, the Lima vs. Saunders season 8 final will now be pushed back to the summer.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney broke the news earlier today via twitter:

Tough break for the re-match as @PhenomLima suffered a broken hand in his last fight. @BenSaundersMMA-Douglas will now happen this summer.

Lima and Saunders have met once before in Bellator, with Lima knocking out Saunders in the season 5 final in 2011.

The winner here will of course move on to a Welterweight title shot. While a delay like this is never a good thing, the timing of it is not terrible for Bellator. Champion Ben Askren still needs to defend the belt against season 7 winner Andrey Koreshkov before the Lima/Saunders winner gets his shot. If anything, this injury allows them to clear up a bit of the logjam at 170, potentially setting the winner up to receive his shot in the fall's season 9.

Bellator returns this Thursday with the season 8 Middleweight and Featherweight semifinals. As always, join us here at Bloody Elbow for coverage.


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