Douglas Lima Bio | Early Life, Career, Net Worth & Relationships

Douglas Lima, the Brazilian mixed martial artist, has cemented his name in the field of MMA as ‘The Phenom.’

Combining the aggressive ‘art of eight limbs,’ Muay Thai, with calculating Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Lima has destroyed many of his opponents with his aggressive fighting style and cunning groundwork.

Lima is ranked the third-best Welterweight fighter in the world by the MMAjunkie and #6 Welterweight fighter in the world, according to FightMatrix.

Douglas Lima is a ferocious fighter when he is in the octagon, and outside the ring, he is a loving husband and a father. Like his Horoscope, Capricorn, Douglas is responsible and disciplined, but cross him and get ready for a world of hurt.

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Douglas Lima training

So, Today we will be talking about The Phenom Douglas Lima. Brace yourself.

Douglas Lima – Quick Facts

Full NameDouglas Lima
NicknameThe Phenom
Birth DateJan 5, 1988
Birth PlaceGoiania, Brazil
ParentsFausto Lima  Cologera Lima
Height6’1’’ (1.85m)
Weight170lb (77KG)
Reach74.5 inch (189cm)
Age34 Years Old
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorDark Brown
ProfessionMMA fighter
StyleMuay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
DivisionWelterweight (2006-2019) Middleweight (2020-)
SiblingDhiego Lima
Social MediaInstagram @phenomlima
Twitter @PhenomLima
Years Active2006- present
MerchHalf T-shirt, Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Fighting out of Atlanta, Georgia, United States
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Last UpdateDecember, 2022

About Douglas Lima

Douglas Lima is a Welterweight division mixed martial artist. Born in 1988, Lima is of mixed ethnicity, and he is from Brazil. Lima is a Capricorn, according to his horoscope chart.

Douglas and his brother Dhiego started mixed martial arts training from their teenage years.

Work hard and believe and you’ll achieve any goal you’re after

By looks, This Brazilian fighter is 6’1″ (1.85m), with a 74.5-inch reach. And He weighs about 170lb (77KG; 12 stone). Lima has dark hair and dark brown eyes.

He is 34 years old as of now.

Douglas is currently married and has two children, a son, and a daughter. They might be the reason why this guy is so humble even after so many victories. A pious man, Lima attributes all his success and happiness to god.

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Family Of Douglas Lima

Douglas Lima | Early Life and Training

Douglas Lima was born on January 5, 1988, in Goiania, Brazil, to Fausto Lima and Cologera Lima. Lima moved to Georgia in the United States, where he graduated from Joseph Wheeler High School.

Moving to a totally foreign country that speaks a different language must have been tough. Luckily, the Lima brothers had martial arts to help them cope with their move to a new country.

In Focus, Lima talks abou his fam and road back to the scratch
In Focus, Lima talks about his fam and road back to the scratch

Before his professional career as a mixed martial artist, Lima was an undefeated amateur Muay Thai fighter, winning all the 21 matches he had participated in, with 17 knockouts.  

He began his training along with his brother Dhiego Lima in mixed martial arts at American Top Team, founded by Dan Lambert in 2001. Before his professional debut, Lima defeated Albert Steinbeck, ending with a submission via a rear-naked chokehold.

The career of The Phenom

Douglas Lima has had a great streak in the MMA, winning 32 games and losing only 7 matches out of 41 professional fights with 0 draws. This is a feat only someone like Conor Mcgregor and a handful of other fighters can achieve.

The Phenom made his first professional debut in Wild Bill’s Fight Night (WWBF) in 2006, against Carlos Julio Molestina. The match ended with a Knock Out in Douglas’s favor. Douglas’s career seemed to be heading off to a great start.

After his first professional fight, Lima was able to win four consecutive matches through submission against Steve Linton, Nathan Osterkamp, John Nellermoe, and Ray Perales.

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Douglas Lima victory against MVP and 50 cents in the background

The number one thing I learned from martial arts is respect! Very important to have that among the sport.

The Phenom tasted his first professional defeat in 2007 against Matt Brown. The match ended in a TKO. Although Lima showed a great performance like always; This time, it was not enough to secure him a win.

Lima had won his Welterweight Championship title against Lorenz Larkin in 2017. On account of unanimous decision. This would go down as the greatest highlight of The Phenom’s Career.

However, in the next match, Douglas failed to defend his title against Rory MacDonald right after a year. The match ended like his last fight, but with a different victor. Maybe Rory proved too much for Lima, or maybe it was because of the one-year hiatus.

Or, It could’ve been the combination of both.

Lima has participated in 9 title matches so far, winning 6 matches and losing 3. Throughout his career, Lima has won 3 Bellator welterweight championship titles and one successful title defense.

The Phenom is set to compete in a middleweight division in 2020. Against Gegard Mousasi.

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Douglas Lima practicing his BJJ

Before his associating with Bellator MMA, Lima had made notable achievements in the following leagues.

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American Fight League

In 2008, Lima joined the AFL, where he defeated Cody Senseney with a wonderful Knock-Out. His entry to AFL was off to a wonderful start. The Phenom was set to compete against future fellow Bellator star Brent Weedman.

However, Lima could not defend his welterweight AFL title against Brent Weedman in 2008; this marked a great disappointment in The Phenom’s career. The fight against Weedman was the last appearance Lima made in the AFL.


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                           Douglas Lima just in his own

King Of Cage

Douglas Lima was set to face Justice Haskins in a debut match for the World Extreme Cage fight, but due to certain complications, that wasn’t the case. Instead, Lima faced Charles  Blanchard in King of the Cage. Unfortunately, He lost the match.

After his disappointing match in the KOTC, Douglas competed in the Best of the Best against Eric Dahlberg, again losing the match through a unanimous decision. 

Sin City Fight Club

Douglas Lima Squared off against Eddie Hernandez in October at the Sin City Fight Club, and the next month, he fought with Clint Hester in the year 2009. And, He won both the matches with relative ease.

In 2010, Lima joined the Maximum Fighting Championship.

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Douglas Lima Instagram Post

Maximum Fighting Championship

On September 10, 2010, Lima made his first appearance in the MFC against Ryan Ford and won the MFC Welterweight Championship.

While in the MFC, Douglas faced off against Jesse Juarez and Terry Martin; and he won all the matches through Submission and TKO, respectively.

In the match against Terry Martin, Lima was able to defend his title of the MFC Welterweight Champion. After a year in MFC, The Phenom joined the Bellator Fighting Championship in 2011.

To this day, Douglas ‘The Phenom’ Lima is associated with Bellator.

Douglas Lima and his brawny leg kicks 

There are MMA fighters who use check leg kicks for their safety, to maintain a healthy distance from their opponent but then there exists a different level of MMA fighters who use leg kicks to hunt them with pure damage on their minds.

Douglas lima falls into the latter group. He has an art of leg kicks, especially that low leg kick to propose in his MMA career. It is also said that his kicks are so hard that they sound like someone is firing a shotgun.

On top, Rory MacDonald has been warned about the dangerous kick. They faced off before at Bellator 192 on January 20, 2018. Rory won with a unanimous decision but had to survive with big swelling on the shin of his left leg.

They both again faced each other at Bellator 232 in 2019. And this time, Lima conquered over him, winning the final of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix by unanimous decision.

It was in the fourth round where  Lima hit his first big kick to MacDonald’s left calf and ended on his butt. In the fifth round, Lima quickly reversed his position, disfiguring him with strikes from on top.

Michael Page was brutally knocked out by The Phenom.

 People who fondly watch MMA definitely talk about the ferocious right uppercut that Lima dispatched on Michael Page’s chin to hand at Bellator 221 Welterweight World Grand Pix.

The low leg kick bashed Michael off his feet in the second round and led Lima to take over the fight in his favor in May 2019.

Yes, of course, the physical fight might have ended here, but then there came a lot of grudges as well.

Douglas Lima VS Michael Page
Douglas Lima VS Michael Page

Michael was not satisfied with the tournament itself and was calling for a rematch against the only man to ever beat in MMA for years, as per an interview for Michael Bisping’s podcast.

And in return, Lima blended him with a piece of advice, saying, ” He is just hand-picking his opponents at the moment. He wants to fight but just against me.” At the same moment, Michael was claiming Lima to be running away or saying no to the fight.

But hell no, why would Lima opt-out of anything that comes across his way. It was just that Lima was kind of enforcing Michael to go for tougher competition inside the circular cage.

On the other hand, even Lima wanted big fights that would elevate his name even more. I am not going to sit and pick my opponents. This is a champion’s policy.

Douglas Lima on Kumaru Usman

The Phenom doubts the UFC would ever try to match him up against their champion, Kamaru Usman – the current UFC champion at 170 pounds.

Lima's thought on UFC setting up a match between him and Usman
Lima’s thought on UFC setting up a match between him and Usman

UFC won’t take the risk,” Lima posted his opinion on Twitter about the potential matchup with Usman.

While Lima stands strong to fight against some UFC fighters, there are other UFC champs who come in support of him and appreciates his victory.

Here is a Tweet by Jorge Masvidal, who is number 7 in the UFC welterweight rankings as of May 10, 2021, cherishes his win.

Jorge cherishing Lima's win
Jorge cherishing Lima’s win

Douglas Lima | Wife and Children

Douglas is married to Jessica Lima, a beautiful woman; together, they have two wonderful children; son Davi Lima and daughter Linda Lima. They got married on 15th February 2013.

They are living a grounded and modest life together. Their marriage is going strong. They have two lovely children. On the whole, Life is pretty good for this humble warrior.

Work hard and believe and you’ll achieve any goal you’re after!

Douglas Lima Net Worth and Earning

The Phenom’s Networth in 2019 was estimated to be around half a million dollars. But considering his recent success, it is safe to assume his net worth in 2022has increased, respectively.

According to some sources, He earns about $230k.

Douglas Lima VS Mousasi
Gegard Mousasi VS Douglas Lim

Douglas Lima On Social media

Lima is very active on Social Media. He is on Instagram as @phenomlima, with over 208k followers. Most of Lima’s Instagram posts are of his training and his family. It is inspiring to see how he has managed to train and spend his time with his family.

Lima’s Twitter handle is @PhenomLima, with 19.9k followers. He has shared more than 9K tweets through his Twitter handle. Douglas uses this handle to promote his upcoming fights and, again, training photos.

Douglas Lima is very interactive with his fans on social media. This only goes to prove how down-to-earth this man is.

Like me, if you are a fan of The Phenom Lima, make sure to follow him. You can expect to see his vacation post on Instagram, aside from his training, and on Twitter, it is mostly business.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How good is Douglas Lima?

He has topped the art of finishing fights. The only aim Lima carries is to train himself hard and move up in the ranks. He is proven to be vicious once he gets inside the cage.

What car does Douglas Lima drive?

Lima drives a BMW e46.

Notable victories and the best fights?

Lima’s best fight includes the win over Rory MacDonald, Andrey Koreshkov (2x), Michael Page, Paul Daley, and Lorenz Larkin.

Douglas Lima Match Statistics

       Date (m/d/yyyy)ResultOpponent (Last)Method/


10/26/2019WinRoy MacDonaldDecisionBellator 23232-7T
05/11/2019WinMicheal PageKOBellator 22131-7 
09/29/2018WinAndrey KoreshkovSubBellator 20630-7 
01/20/2018LossRoy MacDonaldDecisionBellator 19229-7T
05/24/2017WinLorenz LarkinDecisionBellator NYC29-6T
11/10/2016WinAndrey KoreshkovKOBellator 16428-6T
07/16/2016WinPaul DaleyDecisionBellator 15827-6 
07/17/2015LossAndrey KoreshkovDecisionBellator 14027-6T
04/18/2014WinRick HawnKOBellator 11726-5T
09/20/2013WinBen SaundersKOBellator 10025-5 
02/21/2013WinBryan BarkerKOBellator 9024-5 
01/24/2013WinMichail TsarevKOBellator 8623-5 
11/02/2012WinJacob OrtizKOBellator 7922-5 
04/06/2012LossBen AskrenDecisionBellator 6422-5T
11/12/2011WinBen SaundersKOBellator 5722-4 
10/08/2011WinChris LozanoKOBellator 5321-4 
09/10/2011WinSteve CarlDecisionBellator 4920-4 
04/08/2011WinTerry MartinKOMFC 29:Conquer18-4T
11/12/2010WinJesse JuarezSubMFC 2717-4T
09/10/2010WinRyan FordSubMFC 2616-4 
03/26/2010WinCortez ColemanDecisionSportFight X-1: Beatdown15-4 
11/13/2009WinClint HesterDecisionSin City Fight Club: Redline Grand Prix Round 214-4 
10/10/2009WinEddie HernandezSubSin City Fight Club: Redline Grand Prix Opening Round13-4 
06/12/2009LossEric DahlbergDecisionBest of the Best12-4 
03/27/2009LossCharles BlanchardDecisionKOTC: Invincible12-3 
08/23/2008WinJoseph BaizeKOSouthern Kentucky: Combat League12-2 
05/30/2008LossBrent WeedmanSubAFL: Bulletproof11-2 
03/07/2008WinCody SenseneyKOAFL: Eruption11-1 
12/01/2007WinEric DavilaSubROF 31: Undisputed10-1 
10/16/2007WinDaniel DouglasSubRMB & PCF 1: HellRazor9-1 
08/11/2007WinKyle BakerSubReign in the Cage8-1 
07/14/2007WinEd NunoKOXFS 6: Bad Blood7-1 
03/10/2007WinJoshua HancockKOEvolution: Mayhem in Albany6-1 
02/09/2007LossMatt BrownKOISCF: Invasion5-1 
12/15/2006WinRay PeralesKOXtreme Fight Series 35-0 
10/21/2006WinJohn NellermoeSubISCF: Southside Slugfest4-0 
10/14/2006WinNathan OsterkampSubBorder Wars3-0 
09/22/2006WinSteve LintonSubISCF: Fever Fight Night2-0 
07/14/2006WinCarlos Julio MolestinaKOWild Bill’s: Fight Night 31-0 

                   T stands for title matches.

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