Liam McGeary (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Dynamite Results: McGeary Submits Ortiz, Davis Captures Tournament, Cavalari Edges Mwekassa

On Saturday, Sept. 19, Bellator MMA and GLORY kickboxing joined forces for a mega-event dubbed Dynamite. The event took place from the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., and featured both a Bellator cage and a GLORY ring in the same arena.

In the night’s headlining affair, Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary made the first defense of his title against former UFC champion Tito Ortiz. McGeary earned the belt in February with a unanimous decision win over Emanuel Newton. Ortiz, meanwhile aimed to continue his career resurgence in the Bellator cage by upsetting the Brit.

More gold was on the line on the main card as the vacant GLORY light heavyweight belt was up for grabs between Brazil’s Saulo Cavalari and Congo native Zack Mwekassa. The pair met previously at GLORY 18 with Cavalari scoring a third-round, head kick knockout.


Also on deck was a one-night, four-man light heavyweight tournament that featured Phil Davis, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Emanuel Newton and Linton Vassell.

The event kicked off Saturday with a preliminary card stream on at 6:30 p.m. ET. The main card followed at 9 p.m ET on Spike.

Liam McGeary def. Tito Ortiz by submission (inverted triangle choke). Round 1, 4:41 – for Bellator MMA light heavyweight title
Phil Davis def. Francis Carmont by knockout (punches). Round 1, 2:15 – light heavyweight tournament final (Lawal and Vassell ruled medically ineligible)
Saulo Cavalari def. Zack Mwekassa by majority decision (48-46, 48-46, 47-47) – for vacant GLORY light heavyweight title
Josh Thomson def. Mike Bronzoulis by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 3, 0:39
Paul Daley def. Fernando Gonzalez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) (kickboxing)
Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez def. Hadley Griffith by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) (kickboxing)
Phil Davis def. Emanuel Newton by submission (kimura). Round 1, 4:39 – light heavyweight tournament semifinal
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Linton Vassell by decision (no scores read) – light heavyweight tournament semifinal
Gabriel Carrasco def. Joe Neal by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Adam Piccolotti def. Salvador Becerra by submission (neck crank). Round 2, 1:47
Serhiy Adamchuck def. Anvar Boynazarov by unanimous decision (30-27 x3) (kickboxing)
Jose Palacios def. T.J. Arcangel by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) (kickboxing)
Thomas Diagne vs. Mike Malott ruled a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)
Francis Carmont def. Anthony Ruiz by decision (no scores) – light heavyweight tournament alternate bout
James Terry def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:00
Josh Paiva def. Matt Ramirez by submission (armbar). Round 1, 2:56
Nick Pica def. Mauricio Alonso by unanimous decision
David Blanco def. Victor Jones by unanimous decision
Brandon Hester def. DeMarco Villalona by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 3:06
J.J. Okanovich def. Israel Delgado by unanimous decision
Alysia Cortez def. Gloria Telles by unanimous decision (a)

(a) – denotes amateur contest