|Born||4 October 1982|
King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
|Height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight||203.4 lb (92.3 kg; 14.53 st)|
|Reach||81 in (206 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Toms River, New Jersey, United States|
|Team||Team Church Street Boxing|
Team Renzo Gracie
Gracie Barra Channel Islands
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Danaher|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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 World Champion.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
McGeary competed in kickboxing in November 2009 and knocked out Kieron Vance in the first round of the Kickboxing Fight Show heavyweight division at the Wolversdene Club in Andover, Hampshire.
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 losing in the 4th round by points. McGeary won the London Seni BJJ 2010 tournament in the super heavyweight/blue belt division.
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.
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 was expected to face Muhammed Lawal at Bellator 185 on 20 October 2017. However, Lawal pulled out of the bout on 2 October due to an undisclosed injury. He was then scheduled to face late replacement Bubba McDaniel, however, McGeary pulled out of the fight, also due to injury.
McGeary is married and has children.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bellator MMA
- Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship (One time)
- One successful title defense
- Bellator 2014 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Championship
- Most submission attempts in a single fight (11)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||13 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||13–4||Phil Davis||TKO (jaw injury)||Bellator 220||27 April 2019||3||4:11||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||13–3||Muhammed Lawal||TKO (punches)||Bellator 213||15 December 2018||3||0:53||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||12–3||Vadim Nemkov||TKO (leg kicks)||Bellator 194||16 February 2018||3||4:02||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||12–2||Linton Vassell||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Bellator 179||19 May 2017||3||2:28||London, England|
|Win||12–1||Brett McDermott||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bellator 173||24 February 2017||2||1:06||Belfast, Northern Ireland||215 lb Catchweight bout.|
|Loss||11–1||Phil Davis||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 163||4 November 2016||5||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Lost the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship|
|Win||11–0||Tito Ortiz||Submission (inverted triangle choke)||Bellator 142: Dynamite 1||19 September 2015||1||4:41||San Jose, California, United States||Defended the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship.|
|Win||10–0||Emanuel Newton||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 134||27 February 2015||5||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Won the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship.|
|Win||9–0||Kelly Anundson||Submission (inverted triangle choke)||Bellator 124||12 September 2014||1||4:47||Plymouth Township, Michigan, United States||2014 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||8–0||Egidijus Valavicius||TKO (knees and punches)||Bellator 122||25 July 2014||1||2:10||Temecula, California, United States||2014 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||7–0||Mike Mucitelli||KO (punch)||Bellator 118||2 May 2014||1||0:22||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||2014 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||6–0||Najim Wali||Submission (armbar)||Bellator 108||15 November 2013||1||1:31||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||5–0||Beau Tribolet||KO (punch)||Bellator 100||20 September 2013||1||0:27||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||4–0||Anton Talamantes||TKO (elbows and punches)||Bellator 95||4 April 2013||1||1:18||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3–0||Walter Howard||KO (punch)||Ring of Combat 41||15 June 2012||2||0:41||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||202 lb Catchweight bout.|
|Win||2–0||Shaun Lomas||Submission (triangle armbar)||Island Rumble 3: Ballistic||15 October 2011||1||1:16||Fort Regent, Jersey, UK||Won the ICO British Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||1–0||Grzegorz Janus||Submission (armbar)||Battle of Jersey||8 May 2010||3||4:45||Saint Helier, Jersey, UK|
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- Danny Segura (9 October 2017). "Liam McGeary suffers injury, Bellator 185 bout with Bubba McDaniel canceled". mmafighting.com.
- Skytte, Mike (5 January 2018). "Liam McGeary returns vs. Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 194 - MMASucka.com". MMASucka.com. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
- "Bellator 194 results: Vadim Nemkov destroys Liam McGeary's leg for TKO win over ex-champ". MMAjunkie. 17 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
- "King Mo vs. Liam McGeary Added to Bellator Hawaii". Cageside Press. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
- "Bellator 213 Results: Macfarlane vs Létourneau". mmafighting.com. 15 December 2018.
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