Unbeaten McGeary to Defend 205-lb Title Against "Mr. Wonderful"
Liam McGeary has had his rapid ascent suspended by injury to the disappointment of MMA betting fans around the world.
Out for thirteen months, since a first-round submission over the aged Tito Ortiz, the British finisher is eying his second successful Bellator title defense, including perhaps the eleventh finish in what would be twelve wins. He wants to have another big night, a true breakthrough performance, against recent tournament winner Phil Davis.
6'6 McGeary enters with a rare height advantage against Davis. The 6'2 NCCA division I wrestler will be the smaller man this time as he looks to improve to 4-0 in Bellator. Just as he isn't exactly a small light heavyweight, if he may seem that way due to his discrepancy, he is not short on confidence either in spite of his opponent being one of the biggest talkers and glamorous stars outside the octagon.
"Mr. Wonderful" Davis beat the likes of Alexander Gustafsson and Tim Boetsch with fantastic submissions in the budding days of his UFC career. He also came out on top against Brian Stann, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Lyoto Machida, and Glover Teixiera in a near five-year UFC tenure which ended with a split decision loss to Ryan Bader in Jan. 2015. He chose to walk away from the promotion -- instead of negotiating a new contract -- after that.
Happily under the Bellator banner, Davis has chalked up with wins over Emanuel Newton, Francis Carmont, and, most recently "King Mo" Lawal to earn this title shot. Davis appears, like McGeary, to have talent which transcends the talent pool at 205-lbs, fueling the match-up's intrigue for many MMA betting fans.
McGeary's punching power, animosity, and sheer size pencil him in as the night's favorite. However, Davis is used to fighting at a high level and will smother him if he lands a takedown, and always poses a submission threat.
Televised preliminary match-ups include Paul Daley against Derek Anderson, Marloes Coenen against Talita Nogueira, and, finally Saad Awad against Brennan Ward.
Notorious striker Paul Daley, a veteran of Bellator, looks to recover from a loss to Douglas Lima with a 29th T/KO win against Anderson, a well-rounded fighter coming off of back-to-back wins over Patricky Freire and Saad Awad, in a welterweight match-up.
Meanwhile, in a battle of top women's featherweights, former Strikeforce champ Marloes Coenen looks to rebound from an upset loss to Alexis Dufrense and improve to 3-1 in Bellator against Talita Nogueira, a 6-0 Jiu-Jitsu fighter debuting in Bellator.
In the co-feature, long-tenured Bellator welterweight contender Saad Awad looks to avoid a third loss in four fights against the "Irish Bad Boy" Brennan Ward, a finishing specialist whose 8-4 Bellator career includes a middleweight tournament win. Check the sportsbook for current odds.
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