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Dhiego Lima (born January 31, 1989) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the UFC.

Dhiego Lima
Born (1989-01-31) January 31, 1989 (age 30)
Goiânia, Brazil
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Reach75 in (191 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofAtlanta, Georgia, United States
TeamAmerican Top Team Gwinnett
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active2010-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission4
By decision7
By knockout4
By submission1
By decision2
Notable relativesDouglas Lima brother
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Lima was born and spent his early childhood in the Brazilian city of Goiânia and began training in mixed martial arts as a teenager. He moved to the United States with his brother, settling in Atlanta, Georgia. Lima made his professional debut in 2010 competing for regional promotions across North America, including a five fight stint with Maximum Fighting Championship. He compiled a record of 9 - 1, before auditioning for The Ultimate Fighter.[3]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In December 2013, it was announced that Lima would a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 19, representing Team Edgar at middleweight.[3] Over the course of the show, Lima first defeated Tim Williams in the quarterfinals via submission (rear-naked choke).[4] In the semifinals, Lima went on to defeat Roger Zapata via submission (armbar) to reach the finals.[5]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Lima made his official UFC debut facing fellow castmate and Team Edgar teammate Eddie Gordon in the middleweight finals on July 6, 2014 The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale.[6] Lima lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[7] Subsequently, Lima was awarded both Performance of the Season bonuses for his submission finishes during the season.[8]

Lima was expected to face Pawel Pawlak in a welterweight bout on November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 56.[9] However, Pawlak was forced to pull out of the fight due to injury and replaced by Jorge de Oliveira.[10] Lima won the fight via unanimous decision.[11]

Lima faced Tim Means on February 28, 2015 at UFC 184.[12] Means won the fight via first-round TKO.[13]

Lima filled in as a short notice replacement against Li Jingliang on May 16, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 66, replacing Roger Zapata.[14] He lost the fight by knockout in the first round.[15]

On July 5, 2015, Lima confirmed his release from the UFC.[16]

The Ultimate Fighter: RedemptionEdit

In February 2017, it was revealed that Lima would compete again on the UFC's reality show in the 25th season on The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption.[17] Lima was the fourth pick overall for Team Dillashaw. He faced Hayder Hassan in the opening round and won by unanimous decision. He faced Gilbert Smith in the quarter finals, winning the bout in a third round sudden death victory. Smith announced his retirement after the loss to Lima. In the semi-finals, Lima faced teammate Tom Gallicchio and won by unanimous decision to be the first fighter in the finals.

UFC returnEdit

Three years after his first stint on the show, Lima faced teammate Jesse Taylor in the finals on July 7, 2017 at The Ulimate Fighter: Redemption Finale.[18] He lost the back-and-forth fight via rear-naked choke submission in the second round.[19]

Lima faced Yushin Okami on April 14, 2018 at UFC on Fox 29.[20] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[21]

Lima faced Chad Laprise on December 8, 2018 at UFC 231.[22] He won the fight by knockout in the first round.[23]

As the last fight of his The Ultimate Fighter contract, Lima faced Court McGee on April 27, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson.[24][25][26] He won the fight via split decision.[27]

After the McGee fight, Lima signed a new contract with the UFC and faced Luke Jumeau on October 6, 2019 at UFC 243.[28][26] He won the fight via split decision.[29] Despite the win, Lima's manager revealed that they are going to appeal the split decision to be turned to unanimous.[30]

Lima is scheduled to face Alex Morono on February 8, 2020 at UFC 247.[31]

Personal lifeEdit

Lima is the younger brother of Bellator Welterweight champion Douglas Lima.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Titan Fighting Championship

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 15 wins 7 losses
By knockout 4 4
By submission 4 1
By decision 7 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–7 Luke Jumeau Decision (split) UFC 243 October 6, 2019 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Win 14–7 Court McGee Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson April 27, 2019 3 5:00 Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win 13–7 Chad Laprise KO (punch) UFC 231 December 8, 2018 1 1:37 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 12–7 Yushin Okami Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje April 14, 2018 3 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Loss 12–6 Jesse Taylor Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale July 7, 2017 2 0:43 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter 25 Welterweight Tournament Final.
Loss 12–5 Jason Jackson TKO (punches) Titan FC 42 December 2, 2016 1 1:20 Coral Gables, Florida, United States Lost the Titan FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 12–4 David Michaud Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 39 June 10, 2016 5 5:00 Coral Gables, Florida, United States Won the vacant Titan FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 11–4 Antonio Trócoli Decision (unanimous) Legacy FC 53 April 8, 2016 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 10–4 Li Jingliang KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber May 16, 2015 1 1:25 Pasay, Philippines
Loss 10–3 Tim Means TKO (punches) UFC 184 February 28, 2015 1 2:17 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 10–2 Jorge de Oliveira Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux November 8, 2014 3 5:00 Uberlândia, Brazil Return to Welterweight.
Loss 9–2 Eddie Gordon KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale July 6, 2014 1 1:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost The Ultimate Fighter 19 Middleweight Tournament.
Win 9–1 Ricky Rainey Decision (split) XFC 25: Boiling Point September 6, 2013 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 8–1 Roger Carroll TKO (punches) Wild Bill's Fight Night 53 March 16, 2013 3 3:06 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 7–1 Nick Hinchliffe Decision (unanimous) MFC 34 August 10, 2012 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 6–1 Nathan Coy Decision (unanimous) MFC 32 January 27, 2012 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 6–0 Jamie Toney KO (punches) MFC 30: Up Close & Personal June 10, 2011 1 2:47 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 5–0 Josh Taveirne Submission (rear-naked choke) MFC 29: Conquer April 8, 2011 3 3:35 Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Win 4–0 Bill Fraser KO (punch) MFC 27 November 12, 2010 2 2:36 Enoch, Alberta, Canada Catchweight (175 lbs) bout.
Win 3–0 Keon Caldwell Submission (armbar) Sportfight X - 3 July 10, 2010 1 4:44 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 2–0 Kenny Moss Submission (triangle choke) Sportfight X - 1 March 26, 2010 1 4:28 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 1–0 Steve Montgomery Submission (triangle choke) Fight Party February 5, 2010 3 4:41 Greenville, South Carolina, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 6–0 Tom Gallicchio Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Jun 27, 2017 (airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 25 Semifinal Round
Win 5–0 Gilbert Smith Decision (unanimous) Jun 14, 2017 (airdate) 3 5:00 TUF 25 Quarterfinal Round
Win 4–0 Hayder Hassan Decision (unanimous) May 17, 2017 (airdate) 2 5:00 TUF 25 Preliminary Round
Win 3–0 Roger Zapata Submission (armbar) The Ultimate Fighter 19 July 2, 2014 (airdate) 1 0:34 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 19 Semifinal Round
win 2–0 Tim Williams Submission (rear-naked choke) May 7, 2014 (airdate) 2 3:36 TUF 19 Quarterfinal Round
Win 1–0 Adam Stroup Decision (unanimous) April 16, 2014 (airdate) 2 5:00 TUF 19 Elimination Round


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 184 Rousey vs. Zingano". Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Dhiego Lima (@dhlimamma) (July 24, 2018). ""Toda promessa tem o tempo de espera Mas Deus já decretou vitória nessa Guerra!!"". Instagram. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Alex Giardini (2013-12-16). "The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 cast revealed for Team Edgar vs Team Penn on FOX Sports 1". Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  4. ^ Mike Bohn (May 7, 2014). "Episode No. 4 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 19: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn'".
  5. ^ Mike Bohn (July 2, 2014). "Episode No. 12 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn'".
  6. ^ Staff (2014-07-02). "'TUF 19' tourney finals: Eddie Gordon vs. Dhiego Lima, Corey Anderson vs. Matt Van Buren". Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  7. ^ Luke Thomas (2014-07-06). "TUF 19 Finale results: Eddie Gordon bulldozes Dhiego Lima in the first round". Retrieved 2014-07-06.
  8. ^ Staff (2014-07-07). "The Ultimate Fighter 19 Season Bonuses: Dhiego Lima takes home $50K". Retrieved 2014-07-07.
  9. ^ Staff (2014-09-17). "Dhiego Lima vs. Pawel Pawlak added to UFC Fight Night 56 in Brazil".
  10. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-11-02). "Undefeated Jorge Oliveira signs with the UFC, meets Dhiego Lima on six days' notice".
  11. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2014-11-08). "UFC Fight Night 56 results: Dhiego Lima dominates Jorge Oliveira for decision win". Retrieved 2014-11-08.
  12. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-01-16). "UFC 184 Update: Tim Means to face Dhiego Lima on Feb. 28 in Los Angeles". Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  13. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-02-28). "UFC 184 results, photos: Tim Means looks 'Dirty' good in first-round TKO of Dhiego Lima". Retrieved 2015-02-28.
  14. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2015-04-18). "Dhiego Lima replaces Roger Zapata, meets Jingliang Li at UFC Fight Night 66". Retrieved 2015-04-18.
  15. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-05-16). "UFC Fight Night 66 results: Gritty Li Jingliang KOs Dhiego Lima in 85 seconds". Retrieved 2015-05-16.
  16. ^ Anton Tabuena (2015-07-06). "Hatsu Hioki and Ryan Jimmo among 14 fighters released by the UFC". Retrieved 2015-07-06.
  17. ^ Marc Raimondi (2017-02-15). "Joe Stevenson, James Krause, Jesse Taylor among TUF: Redemption cast members". Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  18. ^ Staff (2017-07-05). "Tom Gallicchio vs. James Krause joins Dhiego Lima vs. Jesse Taylor to complete TUF 25 Finale lineup". Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  19. ^ "TUF 25 Finale results: At long last, Jesse Taylor wins 'TUF' with submission of Dhiego Lima". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-08. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  20. ^ Staff (2018-02-06). "Yushin Okami drops two divisions to welterweight, meets Dhiego Lima at UFC on FOX 29". Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  21. ^ "UFC on FOX 29 results: Relentless Yushin Okami smothers Dhiego Lima for 15 minutes". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-14. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  22. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2018-08-26). "Chad Laprise vs. Dhiego Lima booked for UFC 231 in Toronto on Dec. 8". Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  23. ^ "UFC 231: Dhiego Lima scores walk-off KO over Chad Laprise". FanSided. 2018-12-08. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  24. ^ DNA, MMA. "UFC Fight Night Fort Lauderdale krijgt vorm met vier nieuwe gevechten". Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  25. ^ Jesse Holland. "Latest UFC Fight Night 150 card, rumors for 'Jacare vs Hermansson' on April 27 in Ft. Lauderdale". Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  26. ^ a b Christian Stein (October 2, 2019). "UFC 243: Catch up with welterweight Dhiego Lima before he takes on Luke Jumeau".
  27. ^ Anderson, Jay (2019-04-27). "UFC Fort Lauderdale Results: Court McGee Falls to Dhiego Lima in Close Bout". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  28. ^ DNA, MMA. "Jumeau vs. Lima & Anderson vs. Dos Santos nieuwste toevoegingen UFC 243 in Melbourne". Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  29. ^ Anderson, Jay (2019-10-05). "UFC 243 Results: Little Action, but a Clear Win for Dhiego Lima Over Luke Jumeau". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-10-06.
  30. ^ Damon Martin (October 7, 2019). "Dhiego Lima to appeal split decision win over Luke Jumeau at UFC 243, seeking unanimous decision".
  31. ^ Staff (2019-12-05). "Alex Morono fights in front of his own audience during UFC 247 in Houston against Dhiego Lima". Retrieved 2019-12-05.(in Dutch)
  32. ^ "Dhiego Lima MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-12-09.

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