"I was kind of (surprised) because he was the undefeated champion and a really tough fighter," Lima told MMAFighting.com. "But he didn’t sell his fights because of his fighting style and I think that’s really important for the promotion. I believe that’s the reason why Bellator didn’t want to fight that much for him."
"I don’t know if it was good or bad for him (to leave Bellator)," Lima said. "I don’t have anything against him and I wish him the best. But I know UFC will sign him."
"It doesn’t matter for me if he’s in or out of Bellator," he said. "Either way, I’m going to fight for the title. That’s my goal. Whoever it is, I’ll be ready.
"It’s not my fault that he’s out of Bellator and I just want my shot at the title. People can say whatever they want. They can say that (Askren) is the real champion after I beat Hawn, but that doesn’t bother me at all. I just want to beat whoever they put in front of me."
"I expected a more competitive fight," he said. "I didn’t know much about Keslar but I saw that he’s tough and has good jiu-jitsu. But Hawn was the favorite and showed it why in the fight. It was a beautiful knockout and made me more excited to fight for the title against him. It’s going to be a great fight for the fans, I can assure you that."
"My dream is to win that title," Lima continued. "I’ve lost my first attempt and that made me hungrier. I won’t stop now. I’m a man on a mission and I will accomplish it. It’s a dream for me. I’m the MFC champion and I want to do the same at Bellator. I will bring this title home for myself, my family and fans."