Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Phil Davis says current Bellator champion Liam McGeary is afraid of fighting him.
Phil Davis thinks he has Liam McGeary shook.
Last September at Bellator 142 – Dynamite, Davis won the one night, four-man Bellator light heavyweight Grand Prix, submitting former Bellator light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton and knocking out former UFC middleweight Francis Carmont. The tournament win set Davis up for a shot at reigning 205-pound champion McGeary. Thus far, injuries to McGeary have kept the fight from happening and in the interim, Davis has opted to face Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal instead of sitting out and waiting. In anticipation of his fight this weekend, Davis spoke with Bloody Elbow about McGeary, Lawal, and why he chose to take this fight.
“All I know is, by winning Dynamite 1 I secured my No. 1 contender spot and the champion was unable to continue. He wasn’t able to continue on with the fight so we had to explore some other options. That’s how Mo’s name got tossed into the hat.
“I know that this is the fight that the fans want to see. This is really, this is for the fans. I’m gonna beat Mo and then I’m gonna fight for the title. Whoever is still around can fight me and then I’ll defend the title against them. That’s how I feel about it. It doesn’t matter to me. Either way I was gonna end up fighting Mo – either for a title defense or for right now – it doesn’t matter to me. I’m gonna win either time.”
The fight with Lawal was likely inevitable. Lawal has long been one of Bellator’s biggest stars and when Davis signed with the promotion many expected them to face each other immediately. Instead Bellator opted for ….View full article
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