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Liam McGeary Becomes Champion At Bellator 134

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Bellator 134 went down Friday night from Uncasville, Connecticut and the Mohegan Sun Arena.

The main event went a full 25 minutes, as Liam McGeary remained unbeaten and claimed the light heavyweight title with a decision victory over Emanuel Newton.

McGeary, who earned his shot at the belt by winning a Summer Series tournament, was given scores of 48-47 twice and 48-46 to supplant Newton atop the 205-pound division.

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal moved up to heavyweight in the co-main event, claiming a split decision over Cheick Kongo. Lawal, a former Strikeforce champion, controlled the bigger Kongo with his wrestling to earn the decision.

In early main card action, Brennan Ward submitted Curtis Millender in the first round with a rear-naked choke, Linton Vassell finished Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the second and Paul Daley scored a decision over Andre Santos.

Daley was scheduled to face Douglas Lima for the welterweight title before an injury forced Lima out.

Prelim winners were Dean Hancock, Matt Bessette, Raphael Butler, Tamdan McCrory, Neiman Gracie and Blair Tugman.

Complete results can be found below:

Liam McGeary def. Emanuel Newton via unanimous decision (48-46, 48-47, 48-47) to become Bellator light heavyweight champion

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Cheick Kongo via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Paul Daley def. Andre Santos via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Linton Vassell def. Rameau Sokoudjou via TKO (strikes) at 3:18 of Round 2

Brennan Ward def. Curtis Millender via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:37 of Round 1

Dean Hancock def. Michael Mangan via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:33 of Round 1

Matt Bessette def. Josh Laberge via TKO (cut) at 5:00 of Round 2

Raphael Butler def. Josh Diekmann via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:04 of Round 1

Tamdan McCrory def. Jason Butcher via submission (armbar) at 1:06 of Round 1

Neiman Gracie def. Bobby Flynn via submission (crossface) at 2:36 of Round 1

Blair Tugman def. Marvin Maldonado via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

  • hindsightufuk says:

    First off I thoroughly enjoyed this top to bottom, really fun event.
    Tamdan McCrory was awesome once again, I was a fan in his UFC days, but his comeback has blown me away, two wins over really solid fighters, and made both look amatuers. Great finish, still can’t see where the tweek was on the arm bar as it didn’t look overly deep, I’m guessing there was a twist on it somewhere. Tandem needs to be on the main card next time.
    Paul Daley is lucky Lima got injured, he looked really below par last night. A better fighter than Santos wouldn’t have freaked out when he got kneed in the face in the 2nd (the ref actually missed a tap to strikes), and Daleys conditioning in a 5 round fight against Lima would have seen him flat on his back with the ref waving it off.
    Finally, Lima McGeary, love watching the guy, huge fan, don’t ever remember seeing a LHW fight like him, but I’m surprised he got the win. Not even a split. Crazy. That said, in Pride rules I think Liam would have one. If round two had been 10 seconds longer he may have put Newton away with those elbows.
    Awesome fighter, really pleased for him, even if he maybe got a little lucky with the nod (I thought it was rd 1 & 2 for Liam, 3 to 5 for Newton, though 3 was very close)

  • AlphaOmega says:

    No comment on King Mo’s fight? Also didn’t Daley say his performance in this fight was because he’s been focusing solely on kickboxing and not training MMA for awhile.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    No, no comment on King Mo, I skipped it, wouldn’t watch a King Mo fight if you paid me. Though props to him for handling a legit heavyweight.
    As for Daley, yes i think he fought four or five times last year including a win over at least one legit kick boxer (Stetsurenko). However his history of poor cardio and missing weight was evident again as he gassed hard in the second round. No matter his excuses about timing and distance being different in mma, he should still be fit enough to fight more than one round. Diego Lima will obliterate him

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I watched the King Mo fight and not surprisingly it was pretty boring, I think due to the fact that Kongo is very well rounded and much bigger so King Mo did not want to get into any danger on the feet or lose position on the mat. It was a sound strategy just not great to watch.


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