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Lost in the shuffle of UFC 205 is Bellator 164 going down from Tel Aviv, Israel and featuring a championship rematch.

Set for Thursday night, Douglas Lima will try to win back the welterweight title from Andrey Koreshkov. Lima lost the belt last year to Koreshkov.

Also, Israeli Army veteran Noah Lahat will take on former NCAA Div. II All-American Scott Cleve from the Menora Mivtachim Arena.

The main card will air on Spike beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Friday night.

MAIN CARD (Spike/9 p.m. ET)

Bellator Welterweight Championship

Andrey Koreshkov (c) vs. Douglas Lima

Featherweight: Noad Lahat vs. Scott Cleve

Featherweight: Georgi Karkhanyan vs. Kirill Medvedovsky

Female Flyweight: Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Karla Benitez

PRELIMINARY CARD

Welterweight: Joaquin Buckley vs. Jackie Gosh

Light Heavyweight: Chen Shhori vs. Kfir Eittan

Welterweight: Haitham Kiuof vs. Moshe Rand

Lightweight: Rob Becker vs. Ejargew Tanku

Welterweight: Sol Renato vs. Alex Trofimov

Bantamweight: Almog Shay vs. Vitaly Klimeinytsky

Lightweight: Olga Rubin vs. Laurita Cibirite

Bantamweight: Raz Bring vs. Maor Kazalkopy

Middleweight: Alexander Nikulin vs. Avi Baron

Bantamweight: Onor Keles vs. Omri Barel

Welterweight: Zane Clerk vs. Haim Gozali

phil davis

Phil Davis was a champion long before entering into the world of MMA.

Friday night at Bellator 163, he finally added gold in the sport to his resume, defeating Liam McGeary to become light heavyweight champion. “Mr. Wonderful” swept the judges score cards, including a 50-43 on one of them decision in his favor.

Using his effective wrestling and jiu-jitsu defense, Davis was able to hand McGeary his first pro loss. He was on the cusp of title contention before in the UFC, but never competed for the belt.

Davis won a one-night tournament in his Bellator debut to become No. 1 contender, and defended that status with a win over Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal earlier this year.

In the co-main event, Brennan Ward knocked out Saad Awad in the first round, following a 16-second knockout by Javy Ayala of the debuting Sergei Kharitonov.

Neiman Gracie picked up a first round submission vs. Rudy Bears in the other main card bout on Spike.

Top prospects Ed Ruth and Tyrell Fortune each got their MMA starts off on successful notes, earning first round finishes. Like Davis, the two are former NCAA wrestling standouts.

Complete results can be found below:

Phil Davis def. Liam McGeary via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-45, 50-44) to become Bellator light heavyweight champion

Brennan Ward def. Saad Awad via KO (strike) at 1:26 of Round 1

Neiman Gracie def. Rudy Bears via submission (armbar) at 4:39 of Round 1

Javy Ayala def. Sergei Kharitonov via KO (strike) at :16 of Round 1

Ed Ruth def. Dustin Collins-Miles via TKO (strikes) at 3:19 of Round 1

Tyrell Fortune def. Cody Miskell via TKO (strikes) at 2:22 of Round 1

Tim Caron def. Steve Skrzat via TKO (strikes) at 1:22 of Round 1

Hannah Regina def. Sarah Payant via submission (armbar) at 4:51 of Round 1

Tim Caron def. Steve Skrzat via TKO (strikes) at 1:22 of Round 2

Blair Tugman def. Walter Smith-Cotito via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Christopher Foster def. Thomas English via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Tyler King def. Josh Diekmann via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:39 of Round 2

Carlos Corriea def. Ilya Kotau via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Vinicius De Jesus def. James Boran via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:55 of Round 2

phil davis

Bellator 163 goes down this Friday night on Spike, as Liam McGeary defends his light heavyweight title against Phil Davis in the main event.

The main card airs on Spike at 9 p.m. ET.

Brennan Ward takes on Saad Awad and Paul Daley battles Derek Anderson in two welterweight affairs, while Sergei Kharitonov makes his promotional debut vs. Javy Ayala.

The prelims also include top prospects Ed Ruth and Tyrell Fortune in action.

Below is the complete lineup:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship
Liam McGeary (c) vs. Phil Davis

Welterweight: Brennan Ward vs. Saad Awad

Welterweight: Paul Daley vs. Derek Anderson

Heavyweight: Sergei Kharitonov vs. Javy Ayala

Female Featherweight: Marloes Coenen vs. Talita Nogueira

PRELIMINARY CARD

Middleweight: Ed Ruth vs. Mark Mangiardi

Heavyweight: Tyrell Fortune vs. Cody Miskell

Catchweight: Neiman Gracie vs. Rudy Bears

Heavyweight: Josh Diekmann vs. Tyler King

Featherweight: Blair Tugman vs. Walter Smith-Cotito

Middleweight: Michael Zichelle vs. Tim Caron

Welterweight: Ilya Kotau vs. Carlos Correia

Flyweight: Sarah Payant vs. Hannah Regina

Welterweight: Keenan Raymond vs. Kastroit Xhema

Featherweight: Thomas English vs. Christopher Foster

Welterweight: James Boran vs. Vinicius De Jesus

ufc 205

A pair of former UFC champions will highlight the UFC 205 prelims, as Frankie Edgar meets Jeremy Stephens and Rashad Evans takes on Tim Kennedy.

Set for Madison Square Garden November 12, the main card boasts three title fights, headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title.

In all, 13 current or former champions and one-time title contenders are slated for the night.

Below is the complete lineup:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Lightweight Championship
Eddie Alvarez (c) vs. Conor McGregor

UFC Welterweight Championship
Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Stephen Thompson

UFC Strawweight Championship
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Middleweight: Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero

Welterweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Female Bantamweight: Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Featherweight: Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens

Lightweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson

Middleweight: Tim Kennedy vs. Rashad Evans

Welterweight: Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller

Middleweight: Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal

Female Bantamweight: Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian

Kayla Harrison

Two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison is now officially part of the mixed martial arts world.

Harrison signed a contract with the World Series of Fighting, according to a report by MMAjunkie. She will be a commentator, brand ambassador and eventually a fighter for the promotion.

“I’ve been boxing and doing jiu-jitsu and all that, and the biggest thing for me, really, is that I miss competing,” Harrison said. “I miss fighting on the highest stages of the world, and the World Series of Fighting really gave me a great opportunity.”

Harrison will make her on-air debut at the year-ending WSOF 34 card from The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The main card that day features three title fights and airs live on NBC.

The 26-year-old Harrison captured her second Olympic gold in judo earlier this year. She said that at least a year of training will be needed before she makes her MMA debut.

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