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Phil Davis warns Liam McGeary: ‘You’re in the big leagues now’

Bellator Phil Davis
(Kristian Ibarra, Today's Knockout)

“Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis has stepped into the cage with some of the best light heavyweights in the world, and he thinks Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary does not quite understand the man he has in front of him for his upcoming title defense.

The pair are set to headline Bellator 163, and as tensions between the two fighters have grown, Davis has been amused with some of McGeary’s comments and predictions about their upcoming clash.

“It’s just precious, his whole answers (about fighting me) are just precious,” Davis said, via MMAjunkie. “He don’t know no better. You know how kids are when they say things and they’re cute because they don’t realize they’re not faster than a race car? You’re going up against a grown man. This is not a game, it’s not a joke. You’re in the big leagues now.”

Davis is of course referring to his time in the UFC where he faced such top fighters as Lyoto Machida, Glover Teixeira, Rashad Evans, and Anthony Johnson among others. Whereas McGeary’s top competition to this point has been Emmanuel Newton and Tito Ortiz circa 2015.

McGeary has become irritated with Davis’ antics and talk in the lead-up to the fight, but Davis admits he actually like McGeary on a personal level. That won’t stop him from taking McGeary’s prized possession though.

“He’s tough and he’s going to put up the best fight of his life and is still going to come up with the ‘L,’” Davis said. “I used to like Liam, but I’ll tell you what: Out of all the guys I’ve fought, I’m going to like punching him in the face the least. He’s actually a pretty funny guy, but business is business and I’m going to have to come at this man like a spider monkey.”

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