On Monday afternoon, Bellator MMA officials announced reigning Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima will make be looking to make his first title defense on July 16 when he puts his belt on the link against Andrey Koreshkov in the main event of Bellator 140

Lima (26-5), also a former MFC champion, was last seen earning his belt with a second-round TKO victory over Rick Hawn in their title fight at Bellator 117 more than a year ago. This victory not only extended Lima’s win streak to five, all of which ended in a knockout, but also marked his eighth career victory under the Bellator banner. Prior to this win streak, ‘The Phenom’ came up short in his previous attempt at the belt when he suffered a decision loss to then-champion Ben Askren at Bellator 64 in April 2012. Lima will enter this bout with 23 career stoppage victories.

He was expected to defend his title against former UFC veteran Paul Daley before an injury forced the champion out of the bout.

“Douglas Lima is an incredible champion who is in for one of the toughest fights of his life against Koreshkov,” stated Bellator President Scott Coker. “When the rest of this card is announced, we’ll have put together one of the greatest showcases of welterweight talent ever assembled on one night.”

Koreshkov (17-1) is also fresh off an eight-man tournament win, claiming a decision victory over Adam McDonough after previously registering knockouts of Justin Baesman and Nah-Shon Burrell. The 24-year-old Koreshkov is a Russian national medalist in both pankration and hand-to-hand combat and has lost just once in 18 professional MMA appearances. He owns 10 wins by knockouts and three by submission and also owns a 2012 victory over former Bellator MMA Welterweight World Champion Lyman Good.

Bellator 140 is set to take place on July 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. No other bout have been announced.

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