A few years ago it would’ve been nigh impossible for us to determine how Bellator’s best stack up against the UFC’s elite. But we’re in the era of free agency now, with Scott Coker luring away UFC fighters with the promise of… I don’t know… more money and sponsorship opportunities? Promotional pushes? Slaves and concubines?

Whatever it is, there are now solid UFC vets competing in the Bellator cage. And as was the case with last night’s Bellator 163 main event, there are solid UFC vets dethroning Bellator champs.

Liam McGeary has proven to be one of Bellator’s best at light-heavyweight, and he had the dangerous guard, rangy striking and shiny belt to prove it.

Yet for 25 minutes, Phil Davis wrestled him to death, sometimes taking mount, sometimes just holding him down from on top. Since coming to Bellator from the regional leagues, McGeary has won by KO and won by sub, but all that stuff eluded him thanks to Davis’ control and savvy.

And now we have a new Bellator champ.


Results: Phil Davis def. Liam McGeary via Unanimous Decision