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Division  Light heavyweight
Role  Mixed martial artist
Wins by knockout  5
Name  Liam McGeary
Weight  93 kg
Years active  2010–present
Height  1.98 m
Reach  81.0 in (206 cm)
Nationality  English

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Born  4 October 1982 (age 33) King's Lynn, Norfolk, England (1982-10-04)
Fighting out of  Toms River, New Jersey, United States
Team  Team Renzo Gracie Gracie Barra Channel Islands
Rank  Brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under John Danaher
Similar People  Emanuel Newton, Tito Ortiz, Linton Vassell, Muhammed Lawal, Phil Davis

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Liam McGeary (born 4 October 1982) is an English professional mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Light Heavyweight division. He is the former Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion. McGeary is ranked as the #8 Light Heavyweight in the world by


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Early career

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McGeary began training in mixed martial arts in 2009, and held an amateur record of 1-1 before making his professional debut in 2010. He won the first two fights of his professional career via submission and picked up a knockout win before signing with Bellator MMA.

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Mcgeary has also fought in kickboxing, in the heavyweight division, in November 2009 he knocked out Kieron Vance, in the first round, at Kickboxing Fight Show, at the Wolversdene Club in Andover, Hampshire.

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Liam Mcgeary took part in the 2013 IBJJF World Championships, in the purple belt/super heavyweight division. Mcgeary won the first three matches, by armbar(round 1), triangle-choke(round 2) and armbar(round 3), before falling in the 4th round, losing by points. He also won the London Seni BJJ 2010 tournament, in the super heavyweight/blue belt division.

Bellator MMA

In his Bellator debut, McGeary faced Anton Talamantes at Bellator 95 on 4 April 2013 and won via TKO at 78 seconds of the first round.

In his next appearance for the organization at Bellator 100 on 20 September 2013, McGeary faced off against Beau Tribolet and won via knockout only 27 seconds into the fight.

McGeary faced Najim Wali on 15 November 2013 at Bellator 108. He won via submission due to an armbar early in the first round.

In the summer of 2014, McGeary was announced as a participant in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament. He faced Mike Mucitelli in the opening quarterfinals at Bellator 118 and won via knockout in the first round. Later, at Bellator 122, he faced Egidijus Valavicius in the semifinals, he won the fight by TKO in the first round. McGeary faced Kelly Anundson in the finals at Bellator 124 on 12 September 2014. He won the fight via inverted triangle choke in the first round.

McGeary faced Emanuel Newton for his Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship on 27 February 2015 at Bellator 134. He won the fight via unanimous decision to become the new Bellator Light Heavyweight champion. During the course of the fight, McGeary attempted several submission attempts, including nearly finishing Newton in the first and third rounds with a triangle choke. In all, he set the record (11) for the number of submission attempts in Bellator history.

In March 2015, McGeary signed a multi-fight and multi-year contract extension with the promotion.

McGeary made his first title defense against Tito Ortiz on 19 September 2015 at Bellator 142. He submitted Ortiz with an inverted triangle choke in the first round to retain his championship.

After over a year away from the sport due to a knee injury, McGeary faced Phil Davis at Bellator 163 on November 4, 2016. He lost the bout and his title via unanimous decision.

After losing his title, McGeary returned to the cage in the main event at Bellator 173. McGeary saw his opponent switch three times as he was originally supposed to face Chris Fields. However, on 20 February, it was announced that Fields had to withdraw from the match due to injury. The initial replacement for Fields was announced as Bellator newcomer Vladimir Filipovic. However, Filipovic also was pulled from the bout due to visa issues. McGeary eventually faced Bellator newcomer Brett McDermott. He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

McGeary faced Linton Vassell at Bellator 179 on 19 May 2017. He lost the fight via arm-triangle choke submission in the third round. This was the first stoppage loss of his professional MMA career.

McGeary is expected to face Muhammed Lawal at Bellator 185 on October 20, 2017.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Bellator MMA
  • Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
  • One successful title defenses
  • Bellator 2014 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Championship
  • Most submission attempts in a single fight (11)
  • 2015 Breakout Fighter of the Year
  • September 2014 Submission of the Month vs. Kelly Anundson
  • September 2015 Submission of the Month vs. Tito Ortiz
  • References

    Liam McGeary Wikipedia