Fans who were looking forward to Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima make his first title defense on February 27th will have to wait a little bit longer. While Daley confirmed Lima was no longer in the Bellator 134 main event, Lima went to Twitter to explain the timetable for his return:
I'm again devastated to announce but I did get injured again in camp. Recovery is just 4-6 weeks I should be able to fight April or May.— Douglas Lima (@PhenomLima) January 20, 2015
This news was first reported by TheMMAReport.com, who had been following the story since last week.
Lima (26-5) captured the Bellator welterweight strap vacated by Ben Askren by forcing a TKO stoppage of Rick Hawn, whose corner waived off the fight in the 2nd round as Hawn could hardly stand up after absorbing numerous leg kicks. The Brazilian striker is known for his deadly striking and has won all but one of his Bellator bouts by (T)KO. Daley (35-13-2) is making his return to Bellator after Visa problems prevented him from competing in the US since 2012. "Semtex" was a former UFC welterweight contender before an attempted sucker punch of Josh Koscheck sent him straight out of the promotion. His vicious left hook and general KO power made his fight with Lima one of Bellator's more highly anticipated match-ups.
There's no word yet on whether or not Daley will still fight on the card or if Bellator will move the fight to a different date. Scott Coker will be on today's episode of The MMA Hour, so he could possibly address the situation.
As it stands, Bellator 134 is without a main event, but Plan B could see them elevate the light heavyweight title between Emanuel Newton and Liam McGeary to the headlining spot.