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Douglas Lima In The Dark About Ben Askren’s Bellator Status

There’s no word what’s next for Bellator’s welterweight title. Ben Askren is the champion, though he’s completed his contract and has expressed interest in heading to the UFC. Then last week, Douglas Lima won the Season 8 tournament by stopping Ben Saunders to earn the next title shot. While Lima doesn’t know what’s going on with Askren, he’s already training for another shot at the belt.

“Right now my training is for him,” Lima on MMA Junkie Radio. “I’m just playing the waiting game, and we’ll see what happens. I’m preparing for him, so whatever happens, I’ll be ready.”

The two have met before, with Askren taking a decision last April.

Lima is willing to fight someone else and believes that may be the outcome. He hopes to return during the early part of next year’s Season 10.