Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary will headline Bellator 163 in his toughest career test to date when he takes on ex-UFC light heavyweight Phil Davis.
McGeary will be looking to make his second defense of the title that he won over 18 months ago. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him out of action since his first defense against Tito Ortiz in September 2015 at Bellator 142.
In the lead-up, McGeary and Davis have engaged in their fair share of trash-talk. Davis has managed to get under the skin of McGeary with his talk and antics, but it is an element of the sport McGeary wishes he could avoid; even if he understands the value it holds from an entertainment and business aspect. McGeary thinks his actual fighting is fun enough on its own.
“I don’t really enjoy the trash talking part,” McGeary said, via MMAjunkie. “It’s definitely good for the fans. It gets the fans excited and motivated for the fight if there’s a little bit of bad blood between the fighters. It gives them something to look forward to. But for me, man, I’m always going to be in an exciting fight. I don’t like doing these boring fights, I have never been in a boring fight. I just know my fighting style is always going to be exciting.”
McGeary sees a win over Davis as just what he needs to make people realize he is a true top light heavyweight in the sport.
“It’s definitely going to help my career,” McGeary said. “But there’s always going to be the naysayers, you know? They’re the ones that push you to do well in the sport. I definitely think me beating Phil will make people realize I am where I am for a reason and I do belong there and I’m around to stay.”