Phil Davis Makes MMA Great Again
By Edward Carbajal
At least that is what he was pitching in his promo videos leading up to his fight with now former champion Liam McGeary (11-1) at Bellator 163. McGeary certainly held his own but when Phil Davis (17-3-1) would secure the take-downs in every round he also secured a unanimous decision win and the light-heavyweight title. McGeary has never been shy about pointing out his lack of experience in wrestling but always knows he has his jiu-jitsu to keep him safe on the ground.
That it did but either Davis’ pressure was too much for him or his time away has taken its toll. Either way, Davis would use his wrestling and body awareness to land punches and elbows to earn the nod from all three judges in just about every round. Davis admitted during the post fight presser he is not as versed in jiu-jitsu as McGeary and did his best to play it safe knowing the 6’, 6” has finished many fighters off his back.
McGeary was holding his own during the stand up portion of the fight but every time he started to find his groove, Davis shot in for the take-down. It should be noted that a few were stuffed in the middle rounds but when a wrestler as good as Davis is goes for shot after shot, a take-down is coming. It was the only fight on the main card that went to a decision and is also a measure of the growing talent at Bellator.
Bellator 163 Main Card Results
Phil Davis def. Liam McGeary via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-45, 50-44)
Brennan Ward def. Saad Awad via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:26
Neiman Gracie def. Rudy Bears via submission (arm bar) – Round 1, 4:39
Javy Ayala def. Sergei Kharitonov via KO (punch) at: 16 of Round 1