Liam McGeary

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Liam McGeary
Born (1982-10-04) 4 October 1982 (age 36)[1]
King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight203.4 lb (92.3 kg; 14.53 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach81 in (206 cm)
Fighting out ofToms River, New Jersey, United States
TeamTeam Church Street Boxing
Team Renzo Gracie
Gracie Barra Channel Islands
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Danaher[2]
Years active2010–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By submission5
By decision1
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision1
Other information
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.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[3]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] McGeary won the London Seni BJJ 2010 tournament in the super heavyweight/blue belt division.[citation needed]

Bellator MMA[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

McGeary faced Najim Wali on 15 November 2013 at Bellator 108. He won via submission due to an armbar early in the first round.[6]

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.[7] He won the fight via inverted triangle choke in the first round.[8]

McGeary faced Emanuel Newton for his Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship on 27 February 2015 at Bellator 134.[9] 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.[10]

McGeary made his first title defense against Tito Ortiz on 19 September 2015 at Bellator 142.[11] 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 4 November 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.[12]

McGeary was expected to face Muhammed Lawal at Bellator 185 on 20 October 2017.[13] 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.[14]

McGeary faced Vadim Nemkov on 16 February 2018 at Bellator 194.[15] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round due to leg kicks.[16]

McGeary faced former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed Lawal on 15 December 2018 at Bellator 213.[17] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[18]

McGeary next faced Phil Davis at Bellator 220 on April 27, 2019.[19] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.

Personal life[edit]

McGeary is married and has children.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 13 wins 4 losses
By knockout 7 2
By submission 5 1
By decision 1 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.[23]
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Fighter bio: Liam McGeary". Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Today was a great start..."
  3. ^ "Liam McGeary's website". Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  4. ^ Brian Knapp (4 April 2013). "Pat Curran chokes Shahbulat Shamhalaev unconscious, keeps featherweight crown at Bellator 95". Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  5. ^ Brian Knapp (20 September 2013). "Douglas Lima head kick KOs Ben Saunders in tournament final at Bellator 100". Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  6. ^ Jason Floyd (15 November 2013). "Bellator 108 Prelim Results: DeBlass, Burrell, and McGeary walk away with victories". Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Emanuel Newton vs. Joey Beltran title fight headlines Bellator 124". 5 August 2014.
  8. ^ Bellator MMA Best Moments: Top Submissions of 2014. YouTube. 1 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Bellator 134 Fight Card".
  10. ^ Marc Raimondi (16 March 2015). "Liam McGeary signs multi-year, multi-fight extension with Bellator MMA".
  11. ^ Staff (19 June 2015). "Bellator sets champ McGeary vs. Ortiz, announces four-man, single-night tourney".
  12. ^ Staff (19 May 2017). "Bellator 179 results: Rory MacDonald dominates Paul Daley for first win since 2014".
  13. ^ Staff (14 July 2017). "Gegard Mousasi headlines Bellator 185 against Alexander Shlemenko in October".
  14. ^ Danny Segura (9 October 2017). "Liam McGeary suffers injury, Bellator 185 bout with Bubba McDaniel canceled".
  15. ^ Skytte, Mike (5 January 2018). "Liam McGeary returns vs. Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 194 -". Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Bellator 194 results: Vadim Nemkov destroys Liam McGeary's leg for TKO win over ex-champ". MMAjunkie. 17 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  17. ^ "King Mo vs. Liam McGeary Added to Bellator Hawaii". Cageside Press. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Bellator 213 Results: Macfarlane vs Létourneau". 15 December 2018.
  19. ^ Marc Raimondi (23 January 2019). "Rory MacDonald vs. Jon Fitch title fight, Bellator grand prix first round slated for April".
  20. ^
  21. ^ Mike Bohn (2 October 2014). "MMAjunkie's 'Submission of the Month' for September 2014".
  22. ^
  23. ^ "Liam McGeary vs. Walter Howard: Ring of Combat 41". Retrieved 18 November 2013.

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