Douglas Lima fills in for injured Koscheck, meets Daley at Bellator 158 in London
<p>Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley were set to square off for the second time this July but the grudge match will have to wait as Koscheck was forced to withdraw from the bout, <a href="http://espn.go.com/mma/story/_/id/16006760/josh-koscheck-withdraws-bellator-158-douglas-lima-face-paul-daley">Bellator officials confirmed with ESPN.</a></p>
<p>Koscheck’s reason for withdrawal remains undisclosed but, according to ESPN’s report, former welterweight champion Douglas Lima has stepped up and accepted the bout against Daley. The pair will meet in the co-headliner of the card which is still without a main event following the <a href="http://roughcopy.com/news/kimbo-slice-passes-42-years">unfortunate passing of Kimbo Slice</a>, who was expected to face James Thompson.</p>
<p>Despite signing with Bellator in 2015, Koscheck still hasn’t made his debut as a result of suffering injuries in training. The 38 year-old was expected to face Matt Secor in the main event of Bellator 148 but an injury forced him off of that card as well.</p>
<p>Douglas Lima (26-6) has not competed since losing his welterweight title to current champion Andrey Koreshkov back in July of last year. The 28-year old American Top Team talent was on a five-fight win streak before entering that bout with all wins coming by knockout. Similarily, Daley (38-13-2) currently rides a five-fight win streak with four of the five wins coming by way of knockout. The 33-year old pro kickboxer last fought in the main event of Bellator 148 where he beat Andy Uhrich by knockout in just two-minutes. Prior to that Daley faced Dennis Olson who he beat via second-round TKO.</p>
<p>Bellator 158 will take place on July 16 at the O2 Arena in London.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.