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‘King Mo’ injured, out of Bellator 185 co-main event vs. Liam McGeary

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An undisclosed injury has forced Bellator light heavyweight contender Muhammed Lawal out of his October 20th showdown with former champion Liam McGeary.

Bad news for fans who were looking to the Bellator 185 co-main event, as light heavyweight contender Muhammed Lawal has withdrawn from his October 20th bout against former champ Liam McGeary. MMAjunkie reported on Monday that Lawal suffered an due to an undisclosed injury.

“King Mo” (21-6, 1 NC) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Quinton Jackson back in March. That fight was a rematch of their 2013 matchup, which ended in a close decision win in Rampage’s favor. He was scheduled to fight Ryan Bader at Bellator 180 in June, but an injury prevented him from competing on that card.

McGeary (12-2) won the Bellator light heavyweight championship from Emanuel Newton in 2015, then successfully defended it once by submitting Tito Ortiz. The Englishman’s reign came to an end against Phil Davis, but he bounced back by stopping Brett McDermott this past February. McGeary’s last bout occurred in May, when he was thoroughly dominated and submitted by Linton Vassell at Bellator 179 in London.

A replacement opponent is currently being sought for McGeary.

Bellator 185 features a middleweight main event between Gegard Mousasi and Alexander Shlemenko.


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