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Bellator books Douglas Lima vs. Rory MacDonald title fight for Jan. 20

The Bellator welterweight title will be on the line in January.

Reigning champion Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) will meet Rory MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) at the event, which doesn’t currently have a name/number, Bellator officials announced via latimes.com.

It’s slated for Jan. 20 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and airs on Spike. No other bouts were announced for the card.

MacDonald is No. 4 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, and Lima is No. 7.

Lima, a 29-year-old Brazilian, is currently in his second Bellator title reign and looks for his second straight title defense. He reclaimed the belt in November 2016 with a knockout of Andrey Koreshkov (which avenged his first title loss), and he then defended it in June with a unanimous-decision victory over Lorenz Larkin.

He meets another former UFC fighter in MacDonald. The onetime UFC title challenger left the organization after back-to-back losses to then-champ Robbie Lawler and Stephen Thompson. The 28-year-old Canadian then became one of Bellator’s top free-agent signings. In his promotional debut, he submitted Paul Daley in May.

For more on “Bellator: Lima vs. MacDonald,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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