Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary is set to face maybe the toughest opponent of his career thus far, but he is not worried about winning the fight in any fashion he wants.
McGeary’s title defense will headline Bellator 163 on Nov. 4 where he will face Phil Davis. Following his title victory over Emmauel Newton in 2015, McGeary made his first defense later that year against former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.
He has since been out of action due to injuries, but he’s ready to defend the title again, and things between him and Davis have got heated.
“You’re a sad, sad little man,” McGeary said to Davis, via MMAjunkie. “If I say I’m going to knock him out, I’m going to knock him out. If I say I’m going to submit him, I’ll submit him. You? I just want to beat your (expletive) face off. I haven’t had a fight for a year. You’re in trouble, man. And I’m healthy.”
Davis has never been finished in his pro career, but McGeary noted some boundaries he broke in addition to his desire to be the first to finish Davis.
“There’s never been an English champion before, Tito (Ortiz) had never been submitted before, either,” McGeary said. “So there’s always a chance these ‘nevers’ get broken, and I’m going to be the man to do it.”
As noted, things have gotten heated between the two men. While McGeary played along at first, Davis’ antics have agitated him over time and he is done with the trash-talking and the shenanigans.
“Talking is over – I’ve done all the talking,” McGeary said. “I see the videos he puts up and all I’m thinking is, ‘How’s he got all the time to do these videos? He should be in the gym training.’ I’ve done all the talking I need to do.
“We’ve been laughing and joking around back then (when the fight was announced), but that was back then. Now it’s time to get serious. I’ve got a belt to defend and I will be defending it. I’m not going to let that squeak-voiced guy take it off me.”