Younger Lima steps up to face Fraser at MFC 27
On the same night his brother vies for the MFC welterweight crown, Dhiego Lima has stepped up to make his organizational debut at MFC 27: Breaking Point.
Lima (3-0) will take on Bill Fraser (4-1) at a catchweight of 175 pounds in a fight that takes over the spot vacated by the previously scheduled heavyweight bout between Ron Sparks and Ryan Fortin. Both Sparks (broken hand) and Fortin (shoulder) were injured in final preparation for their matchup. The door swung open for Lima and Fraser, and they were duly rewarded as their clash will launch the main-card live television broadcast on HDNet Fights emanating from the River Cree Resort and Casino, just outside Edmonton, Alberta.
Later on in the evening’s main event, the younger Lima, who is just 21, will have the opportunity to watch his year-older brother Douglas try to claim the MFC world welterweight championship when he squares off against Jesse Juarez.
Like his brother, Dhiego Lima has shown substantial submission talents as he has won all three of fights via tapout with two of those coming inside the opening round. Lima trains with his sibling at the American Top Team’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
Fraser, who hails from Comox, British Columbia, has mixed in training in his home province along with stints in Las Vegas. In both of his fights this year, Fraser has stopped his opposition in the second round – one via submission and one via TKO.