Sitting on the 170-pound chain, new off his Bellator 180 title safeguard over Lorenz Larkin, is champion Douglas Lima. Straightforwardly behind him sits previous UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald – who, in the wake of stamping his Bellator title shot with an introduction prevail upon Paul Daley, as of now has tended to his fretfulness in sitting tight for a battle.
Beneath "The Red King," there's a tight race. By setting Chidi Njokuani's unblemished Bellator record against an ex-champion in Andrey Koreshkov, Saturday's Bellator 182 main event, for example, could decide a challenger.
In any case, another welterweight contending on that same Bellator 182 card trusts the victor of his own session may wind up cutting in line.
"There's not so much rankings in Bellator – it's more who can put on the best execution," Fernando Gonzalez told MMAjunkie on Wednesday. "The way me and (Brennan Ward) battle – it will be energizing, man. I'm more energized in view of the matchup.