Though he’s got his focus zeroed in on former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz and their main event title fight, Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary says he’s looking forward to watching the promotion’s four-man, one-night 205-pound tournament Saturday night.
Featuring four of the best 205-pound fighters Bellator has to offer, McGeary admits he’s not necessarily rooting for any of the four fighters Saturday. He will be rooting against one, however.
“I don’t want Phil Davis to win,” McGeary said via MMAFighting. “I mean, I’m just saying that because he’s ex-UFC. He comes into Bellator being like, ‘oh yeah, I’m ex-UFC, I’m the best here.’ Come on. I want the Bellator fighters to knock all of these ex-UFC fighters back to where they belong.
“We’re just as good as they are, if not better. Now it’s our chance to prove that.”
Davis, who last fought to a split-decision loss against Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX in January, faces former Bellator champ Emmanuel Newton in the semifinal round of the two-fight tourney. He was previously ranked within the UFC’s top five, but — as far as McGeary sees it — that doesn’t mean he can come in and inject his way into the title picture straight away.
“I don’t know how everyone else feels, but that’s just the way I feel. You’ve got Tito Ortiz coming in here demanding, ‘oh yeah, I want a title fight, I want a title fight.’ Why, because you just came from the UFC? Nope,” he said. “Then you got Phil Davis coming at me, ‘I want a title shot, I want a title shot.’ Why, because you came from the UFC? Nope. All the other guys who’ve been in Bellator, they deserve to fight for the title shot. Just because you’re ex-UFC doesn’t put you necessarily up there at the top, you know? Bellator fighters have just as much right of being up there as everybody else.”