Phil Davis (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Bellator 163 Results: Davis Dominates McGeary, Claims Light Heavyweight Title

On Friday, Nov. 4, Bellator MMA hosted its 163rd event from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

In the night’s main event, light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary put his belt on the line against UFC veteran Phil Davis. The 34-year-old McGeary had yet to taste defeat in his 11-fight career. The lengthy Brit was last in action at Bellator 142 last September, where he submitted former UFC titleholder Tito Ortiz via inverted triangle choke. Davis, meanwhile, had won three straight since joining the promotion. After winning back-to-back fights over Emanuel Newton and Francis Carmont at Bellator 142, he edged Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal on the scorecards in May.

The night’s action also included Russian heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov and the professional debuts of wrestling stalwarts Ed Ruth and Tyrell Fortune.


The action kicked off on Friday at 6:50 p.m. ET with a live preliminary card stream on Combat Press. The night’s main card aired live on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

Phil Davis def. Liam McGeary by unanimous decision (50-43, 50-45, 50-44) – for light heavyweight title
Brennan Ward def. Saad Awad by knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:26
Neiman Gracie def. Rudy Bears by submission (armbar). Round 1, 4:39
Javy Ayala def. Sergei Kharitonov by knockout (punch). Round 1, 0:16
Hannah Regina def. Sarah Payant by submission (armbar). Round 1, 4:51
Tim Caron def. Steve Skrzat by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 1:22
Tyler King def. Josh Diekmann by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:39
Tyrell Fortune def. Cody Miskell by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:22
Ed Ruth def. Dustin Collins-Miles by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 3:19
Carlos Correia def. Ilya Kotau by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Vinicius de Jesus def. James Boran by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:55
Blair Tugman def. Walter Smith-Cotito by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Christopher Foster def. Thomas English by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)