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Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima meets Rory MacDonald in January

Rory MacDonald Bellator

The anticipated welterweight showdown between Bellator champion Douglas Lima and Rory MacDonald will go down in January.

Lima and MacDonald are slated to meet in a title bout on Jan. 20 at Inglewood’s Forum, Bellator officials confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by LA Times.

MacDonald (19-4) earned a shot at the Bellator gold after dominating and finishing Paul Daley in his promotion debut in May. It was his first bout after a 9-4 run under the UFC banner between 2010 and 2016.

Lima (29-6) recaptured the 170-pound championship with a second-round knockout over Andrey Koreshkov last November, and successfully defended it with a unanimous decision victory over UFC veteran Lorenz Larkin in June.

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