Liam McGeary to defend title against Phil Davis in November

Bellator 163 now has a main event.

The promotion announced on Friday that light-heavyweight champion Liam McGeary will be putting his title on the line against Phil Davis on November 4 in Uncasville, Connecticut. The co-main event features a clash between welterweights Saad Awad and Brennan Ward.

The undefeated McGeary (11-0) last fought one year ago when he made his first title defense against Tito Ortiz at Bellator 142, winning the fight with a triangle choke in the first round. Prior to that, he scored a unanimous decision victory over Emmanuel Newton to win the belt. He signed with Bellator when he was just 3-0 and has won 8 straight under the Bellator banner.

Davis (16-3, 1 NC) has won three straight since jumping ship from the UFC. The former NCAA wrestling champ is coming off of a decision win over “King Mo” in their title eliminator bout last May. Prior to that, he knocked out Francis Carmont and submitted Emmanuel Newton.

Ward (13-4) had his four-fight finish streak snapped in April by Evangelista Santos at Bellator 153 where he was submitted with a heel-hook in 30 seconds. The streak consisted of finishes over Ken Hasegawa, Dennis Olson, Roger Carroll, and Curtis Millender. Awad (19-8), who is also coming off of a loss, is 1-2 in his last three, most recently dropping a unanimous decision to Derek Anderson at Bellator 160. Before that he TKO’ed Evangelista Santos in May.

The event takes place at the Mohegan Sun Arena and will air live and free on Spike TV.


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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