After Bellator 154 McGeary vs. Davis is on
By Edward Carbajal
Bellator 154 had two tournament winners face off with the winner getting a shot at light heavyweight king, Liam McGeary. The fight was a hard one to call as both men were careful about what they threw at each other during the first two rounds. However, a staggering shot in the final round would give Davis an edge that would lead to the judges favoring him for the win.
Credit is due to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal; he is probably the busiest fighter in MMA and never gets credit for it. He was on to whatever Davis put out in the first two rounds but a change of pace let some punches sneak past his guard to lead to Davis getting him down and maintaining top position. Still, even when Davis sunk in his “go-to” kimura submission, Lawal defended it well and rolled out of it. Were it not for how that last round went, the fight would have been way harder to call.
McGeary was on hand to watch both men compete and was in the cage to square up with Davis once it was over. Fans might remember when McGeary defended his title against Tito Ortiz at DYNAMITE 1 last summer; Davis was in the cage to comment on his performance. He said he liked how McGeary did, but thought he could have done better. McGeary told him the same and considering the champ is 11-0; his opinion might carry more weight with fight fans. What do you think?
Check out the highlights below:
Phil Davis def. Muhammed Lawal via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Saad Awad def. Evangelista Santos via technical knockout (Round 1, 4:31)
Andre Fialho def. Rick Reger via knockout (Round 1, 2:11)
Adam Piccolotti def. Ray Wood via submission (rear-naked choke) (Round 1, 3:17)
Joshua Hardwick def. Jorge Acosta via submission (guillotine) (Round 1, 1:21)
Sam Spengler def. Doyle Childs via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Josh San Diego def. Jeremiah Labiano via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mark Dickman def. Thomas Diagne via technical knockout (Round 3, 3:05)
Jamielene Nievara def. Stephanie Frausto via technical knockout (Round 3, 2:43)
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.