Not only did Liam McGeary retain his Light Heavyweight Title in front of a sellout SAP Center crowd at Bellator 142: ‘Dynamite 1’ – he did it in historic fashion.
McGeary became the first person to ever get “The People’s Champion” to submit during a fight.
Liam McGeary defeated Tito Ortiz to retain his Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight title in front of a sellout crowd at The SAP Center in San Jose at “Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1.”
“The victory was amazing,” said McGeary. “Tito has never been submitted before, so that was definitely an achievement for me. This is my house. You can’t come into my house and try to take things away from me. I got this belt with hard work and anyone that comes in here will have a fight on their hands. That goes for anyone who steps in to fight me.”
Phil Davis also had a night to remember (offshore companies mauritius), earning his second finish of the evening to officially become the No. 1 contender at 205-pounds.
“Mr. Wonderful” caught Francis Carmont in the chin, sending the French Canadian to the canva. Davis promptly followed up, throwing unanswered punches that forced the ref to stop the fight.
In the main event on the Glory kickboxing portion of the card, Saulo Cavalari defeated Zack Mwekassa to win the Glory Light Heavyweight Title. Cavalari managed to bounce back from a point deduction to get the judges’ nod, and now owns two victories over Mwekassa in two meetings.
In the first Glory kickboxing fight on the main card, Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez defeated Hadley Griffith via unanimous decision.