Phil Davis returns to the Bellator cage at on Saturday at what will be perhaps the promotion’s biggest show ever. At the first Bellator event in New York City, Davis will defend his light-heavyweight title against fellow former UFC fighter Ryan Bader.
The Madison Square Garden matchup does not just provide Davis with the opportunity to steal the show on a star-studded card. It also gives him a shot at redemption: he and Bader fought in the UFC back in 2015, with Bader upsetting Davis by split decision. It was Davis’s last fight in the UFC before he signed with Bellator, where he eventually realized his dream of becoming champion.
Watch Bellator’s latest episode of their “Bellator 180: In Camp” series, which follows Davis as he prepares for his first title defense as a Bellator champion: