Bellator has re-upped with two of its champions.
The Viacom-owned promotion on Monday announced new “multi-fight, multi-year extensions” for the contracts of welterweight champ Douglas Lima and flyweight titleholder Ilima-Lei Macfarlane.
Macfarlane said her new deal extends for 10 fights and five years. She thanked the promotion for its support.
“Very grateful for being able to remain with Bellator,” said the Bellator champ, who’s currently in Hawaii for the latest offering of her “Iliminator” scholarship program. “They believed in me from the beginning and have been so good to me. This is my home!”
Macfarlane, 29, is two months removed from her fourth title defense, which came at Bellator 236 via unanimous decision over Kate Jackson. She is currently unbooked for her next fight, but has welcomed a meeting with her longtime training partner and friend Liz Carmouche, who recently signed with the promotion after a release from the UFC.
Lima, 32, re-captured the welterweight title this past October in a rematch with Rory MacDonald in the finals of the promotion’s recent 170-pound grand prix. The win capped off a successful run that included wins over Andrey Koreshkov and Michael “Venom” Page.
”Both Douglas Lima and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane continue to prove they are two of the most dominant fighters on the Bellator roster,” stated Bellator President Scott Coker in a prepared release. “They made their Bellator debuts very early on in their careers, have climbed to the top of their respective divisions and have come to represent what this promotion is all about.
“As champions, both have taken on all challenges and have succeeded in every opportunity. I look forward to watching them continue their careers with us.”