‘Mr Wonderful’ Phil Davis Joins Bellator MMA


Bellator MMA signed sixth* ranked Light Heavyweight in the world, Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis (13-3, 1 NC), to an exclusive, multi-fight deal, who had this to say about his signing:

“I can’t wait to be fighting in Bellator and wreck shop on everyone. I am the absolute best and most dominant grappler to ever fight in MMA and I’m excited to get in there and compete at my new home.”

Phil Davis signing his new Bellator contract
Phil Davis signing his new Bellator contract

Born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Phil attended college close to home at Penn State University, where he became a four-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler for the Nittany Lions.

Davis had his first professional MMA fight in 2008 and accrued nine wins in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, including victories against the likes of Antônio Rogério Nogueira, Lyoto Machida, Alexander Gustafsson, Brian Stann and Glover Teixeira.

A member of Alliance MMA in San Diego, Calif., where he trains alongside Bellator stars like Michael Chandler and Joey Beltran, “Mr. Wonderful” joins the promotions Light Heavyweight division, which is currently upheld by British champion Liam McGeary.

“Phil is a world-class Mixed Martial Artist and we are very happy to be adding him to our roster of some of the best Light Heavyweights in the world,” said the promotion’s president, Scott Coker.  “Bellator remains fully committed to building its world-class roster by signing top free agents like Davis, as well as grooming up-and-coming stars. We’ve got some amazing matchups in mind for ‘Mr. Wonderful’ that we will be announcing in the weeks to come.”

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Bellator’s Light Heavyweight division is one of the deepest in the promotion, with stars like British champion Liam McGeary, Tito Ortiz, “King Mo” Lawal, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Emanuel Newton and  Linton Vassell.

*Ranking according to http://www.sherdog.com

[Press Release]

Bellator 134 – British Invasion Full Results


Bellator 134 dubbed ‘The British Invasion’ finally went down last night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Although one could argue it was not a full ‘British Invasion’ due to Michael Page and James Thompson having to withdraw from the card due to injury, it was at very best a fine result for the Brits involved.

Bellator British Invasion 134
Bellator British Invasion 134

Here are the full results:

Main Card

Liam McGeary  Def  Emanuel Newton Via UD  48-46, 48-47, 48-47  and the new Bellator LHW champion

Muhammad ‘King Mo’ Lawal  Def  Cheick Kongo by split decision 30-27, 28-29, 29-28

Paul Daley  Def  Andre Santos via UD  29-27, 29-28, 29-28

Linton Vassell Def  Sokoudjou via TKO (punches)  3 mins 18 secs Rnd 2

Brennan Ward Def  Curtis Millender via RNC  1 min 37  secs Rnd 1

Prelims

Dean Hancock  Def  Mike Mangan Via RNC 1 min 33 secs Rnd 1

Matt Bessette  Def  Josh LaBerge Via TKO (doctor stoppage) End of Rnd 2

Raphael Butler  Def  Josh Diekmann Via Standing Guillotine 1 min 04 sec Rnd 1

Tamdan McCrory  Def  Jason Butcher Via Armbar  1 min 06 sec Rnd 1

Neiman Gracie  Def  Bobby Flynn Via  Neck Crank  2 mins 36 secs Rnd 1

Blair Tugman  Def  Marvin Maldonado Via UD  30-26, 30-27, 30-27

 

MCGEARY SET TO MAKE MMA HISTORY AT BELLATOR 134: BRITISH INVASION


 

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Liam McGeary is set to become the first Brit ever to claim a major MMA world championship as he challenges Emanuel Newton for the Bellator light heavyweight world title in Conneticut, USA, this month on February 27th at Bellator 134: McGeary vs Newton will go down at the Mohegan Sun arena in Coneticut topping a bill stacked with British fighters, aptly named ‘British invasion’.

British banger McGeary, originally from Andover, started his martial arts career in the channel island of Jersey and now fights out of Renzo Gracie’s MMA academy in New York.  Should he win, he will be the first British fighter to claim a major world title in the sport in what would be only his tenth professional fight.

Undefeated at 9-0 (6-0 Bellator) with all of his Bellator wins coming inside the first round, he is widely touted as the man to take the strap from the significantly more experienced Newton (25-7-1) who holds notable wins over ‘King Mo’ Lawal, Attila Veigh and Joey Beltran.

McGeary is yet to see the second round since signing with Bellator, boasting two submissions and four knockouts, with the average time it takes him to dispatch his opponents coming in at under 2 minutes.

He blew through Bellator’s Light Heavyweight tournament and earned himself a shot at the gold by defeating American Top Team product Kelly ‘Crossface’ Anundson in the final via spectacular inverted triangle, a move which earned him Inside MMA’s ‘Submission of the Year’ award.

Last month all the British fighters on the card, which McGeary is headlining, converged at the Channel 5 television studios in London to promote the event and answer questions from the national MMA press….

“I really don’t know how he’s going to back that one up” said McGeary when told that Newton dismissed him as a worthy challenger and stated that he refuses to be beaten by a Brit. “I am going to beat him up everywhere, I won’t let any chances slip and the belt is coming back to Britain – I just can’t wait (until February 27th) to stop having the fight in my head and have it for real!”.

When asked about the ‘British Invasion’ event and fighting alongside his countrymen Paul Daley, Linton Vassell, Michael Page and James Thompson, McGeary stated – “It’s an honour to represent my country alongside these guys – On February 27th we are gonna show these yanks just what us Brits can do!”

‘British Invasion’ goes down at the Mohegan Sun arena in Uncasville, CT, USA, February 27th and the world’s MMA press will be on hand to see if McGeary can overthrow Newton in his backyard and bring the belt back to British shores.

[Press Release]