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Most MMA observers believe LC Davis’ upcoming Bellator 143 main event fight with former two-division champion Joe Warren is the biggest of his career.

And Davis doesn’t disagree.

However, the 34-year-old Kansas City-native sees his next fight as always being the biggest of his career – and that’s the way he’ll approach it.

Davis and Warren will headline the September 25 card from the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. The main card airs on Spike TV.

Following a 2014 submission win in his debut with Bellator over Tory Bogguess, Davis (23-6) scored a decision over Zeliton Rodrigues to close out the year. This past March, he went toe-to-toe with Hideo Tokoro in a battle many have called the “Fight of the Year,” earning a split decision for his third consecutive win and seventh in his last eighth.

Now, he’ll get to test his skills vs. Warren, a former standout wrestler and Bellator champion in both the featherweight and bantamweight divisions.

“This is absolutely the biggest fight of my career,” said Davis, during a recent interview with FightLine. “But I feel like the next fight is always your biggest fight in your career. We don’t have a season like football or basketball.

“You are only as good as your next fight, and my next fight, is the biggest fight of my career. After I win this, hopefully I will be fighting for a world title and that next fight will be the biggest fight.”

While not as famed on the wrestling circuit as Warren, Davis did wrestle his way through college. He was a standout in high school before competing for both Labette Community College and Missouri Valley College.

Shortly there after, Davis entered in the world of MMA and quickly found success. He trained under the watchful eye of Pat Miletich and fought for Titan FC, the International Fight League, Affliction and the WEC.

Wins in nine of his first fights led him to a 2007 meeting with Wagnney Fabiano, where Davis was bested via submission. He quickly got back on track, scoring four straight wins. Among his first 13 career victories, 11 were finishes – including his first eight.

“Training with the best at Miletich and being ranked in the Top-10 for most of 2009 and ’10, I was beating the best guys in the world,” he said. “I thought I had it figured out, but I plateaued, lost a couple of fights in a row.

“But that really woke me up. I realized you always have to be evolving, to prove yourself. The day you quit improving is the day people pass you up.”

Tito Ortiz

Emotions were running high inside the Bellator cage Saturday night.

And that was never-more-present than from Tito Ortiz.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion appeared to be in complete control vs. Liam McGeary as the first round was coming to an end in their Bellator: Dynamite 1 main event for the title.

Then, McGeary locked up an inverted triangle on the surgically-repaired back of Ortiz and forced the quick tap.

Like that, the fight was over and Ortiz was denied in his quest to wear championship gold once more.

“I worked really hard,” Ortiz said. “To be the champ, you gotta beat the champion. (McGeary) showed he is a real man.

“As I put that belt around his waist….I gave my best Tito Ortiz. I felt my best since 2006. You beat the best and that’s why you’re the world champ.”

McGeary remained unbeaten in his MMA career and will face Phil Davis, who won a one-night tournament on the same card, in his next title defense.

For Ortiz, it was another possible final moment in an illustrious career. He’s retired before, only to return and win fights most thought he never should be signed up for.

“I gave it everything,” he said, fighting back tears. “Thank you for pushing me this camp.”

Tito Ortiz

A historic night went down inside the SAP Center in San Jose Saturday night at Bellator: Dynamite 1.

Liam McGeary has spectacular knockouts on his resume and a convincing decision win to claim the Bellator light heavyweight title.

Now, McGeary is the proud holder of a first round submission win over Tito Ortiz in the main event to retain his title. The champion was dominated for almost four minutes, but slipped the submission on and claimed his 11th career win.

Phil Davis didn’t let a last-minute change in opponent worry him, scoring a first round finish of Francis Carmont in the finals of the light heavyweight tournament and becoming the No. 1 contender. Carmont stepped in for Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, who was not allowed to compete after suffering a rib injury in the semifinals earlier in the night.

For the second time, Saulo Cavalari claimed a victory over Zack Mwekassa, but this one resulted in the Glory light heavyweight title going around his waist. Cavalari earned a majority decision despite being deducted a point early in the five-round contest.

The Bellator debut of Josh Thomson was just as the San Jose native had hoped, scoring a third round submission victory over Mike Bronzoulis. Thomson dominated the first two rounds with his wrestling, scoring a takedown in the third and immediately locking up the choke.

Paul Daley and Fernando Gonzalez, a pair of welterweight contenders in Bellator, fought it out inside the Glory kickboxing ring. Daley earned his 21st career kickboxing win with a decision victory over Gonzalez.

Kerri Melendez, the wife of Gilbert Melendez, made her debut with a decision victory over Hadley Griffith for Glory kickboxing. She’s planning a 2016 move to MMA for Bellator, but didn’t rule out a return to kickboxing in the future.

The bout was the first female fight to take place under Glory kickboxing rules.

Davis, making his Bellator debut, scored a submission win in the first round over former champion Emanuel Newton to advance to the finals. Lawal did the same with a decision vs. Linton Vassell before being ruled medically unfit to compete.

Bellator and Spike TV also brought out Fedor Emelianenko, announcing that the heavyweight will return on a New Year’s Eve card in Japan that will air on the network. Bellator is expected to help promote the card and provide fighters.

Results can be found below:

Liam McGeary def. Tito Ortiz via submission (inverted triangle choke) at 4:41 of Round 1 to retain the Bellator light heavyweight championship

Phil Davis def. Francis Carmont via KO (strikes) at 2:15 of Round 1 to win the light heavyweight tournament

Saulo Cavalari def. Zack Mwekassa via majority decision (48-46, 48-46, 47-47) to become the Glory light heavyweight champion

Josh Thomson def. Mike Bronzoulis via submission (head-and-arm choke) at :39 of Round 3

Paul Daley def. Fernando Gonzalez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Kerri Melendez def. Hadley Griffith via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Phil Davis def. Emanuel Newton via submission (kimura) at 4:39 of Round 1

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Linton Vassell via unanimous decision

Serhiy Adamchuk def. Anvar Bonyazarov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Gabriel Carrasco def. Joe Neal via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Adam Piccolotti def. Salvador Becerra via submission (neck crank) at 1:47 of Round 2

Thomas Diagne vs. Mike Malott ruled a majority draw (29-28 Diagne, 28-28, 28-28)

Francis Carmont def. Anthony Ruiz via decision

Jose Palacios def. T.J. Arcangel via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Tito Ortiz

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of Bellator: Dynamite 1.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the SAP Center in San Jose and will feature both a typical MMA cage and a kickboxing ring, as Bellator and Glory co-promote the card.

The main card airs live on Spike TV and will feature Liam McGeary defending his light heavyweight title against Tito Ortiz in the main event.

McGeary is unbeaten in his career and won the title with a decision victory over Emanuel Newton earlier this year. Ortiz, of course, is a former UFC champion and was inducted into the hall of fame before deciding to return to action for Bellator.

Along with the title fight in the 205-pound division, Newton, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Phil Davis and Linton Vassell will compete in a four-fighter, one-night tournament to crown a No. 1 contender.

Glory will crown a new light heavyweight champion, when Saulo Cavalari meets Zack Mwekassa. Other kickboxing matches include Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez and the debut of Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez, the wife of former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, against Hadley Griffith.

Josh Thomson, another ex-Strikeforce champion, fights for the first time in Bellator against Mike Bronzoulis.

Now, on to the action:


Francis Carmont def. Anthony Ruiz via decision in light heavyweight tournament alternate bout

Thomas Diagne vs. Mike Malott ruled a majority draw (29-28 Diagne, 28-28, 28-28)

Jose Palacios def. T.J. Arcangel via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Serhiy Adamchuk def. Anvar Bonyazarov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Adam Piccolotti def. Salvador Becerra via submission (neck crank) at 1:47 of Round 2

Gabriel Carrasco def. Joe Neal via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)


Linton Vassell vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in light heavyweight tournament semifinal

We kick things off with the first semifinal, as Linton Vassell takes on former Strikeforce champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.

Round 1: These tourney semifinals will be contested over two five-minute rounds, putting the pressure on fighters to come out. Lawal doing just that, catching Vassell with a big shot that floors him inside of the first 30 seconds. But here comes Vassell right back with shots of his own and he shoots for a takedown. Lawal sprawls and avoids it, as they square back off. Another right finds the mark for King Mo. Lawal the aggressor, really pushing the pace and backing Vassell down. Another takedown attempt is denied and Lawal lands with more rights to the body. Excellent round for Lawal, as he almost finishes him in the final seconds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawal

Round 2: Bit more deliberate approach for Lawal to start, as he knows he won the first and has Vassell concerned with the power. Nice exchange, as Vassell uses his length and lands. He’s just not packing enough to really hurt Lawal. Vassell takes advantage of a hands-down approach by Lawal, dropping him briefly. He’s finding a home for his jab, but Lawal fires back and is dancing now in front of Vassell. After a takedown, Vassell attempts a submission, but Lawal reverses and scores with a slam-takedown of his own.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawal

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Linton Vassell via unanimous decision

Phil Davis vs. Emanuel Newton in light heavyweight tournament semifinal

His Bellator debut is next for Phil Davis, as the former UFC fighter takes on ex-Bellator champion Emanuel Newton. The winner moves on to face Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the finals later tonight.

Round 1: Newton quickly gains the center of the cage, but Davis shows his length and almost lands a big kick. Davis with a takedown and he’s working for a submission, but Newton shows his own skills and gets to his feet. “Mr. Wonderful” brings him right back down and in side control, searching for a kimura. He’s in a strong position to finish, moving freely and taking the back after being denied. Good rights getting through to the face of Newton. Another roll and Davis is in a modified-mount. Davis gains the kimura and gets it, forcing the tap and advancing. Davis will face Lawal in the finals for a title shot.

Phil Davis def. Emanuel Newton via submission (kimura) at 4:39 of Round 1

ufc 193

For Ronda Rousey, the prospect of becoming one of the biggest stars in all of MMA is right in front of her.

This November, Rousey will defend her UFC female bantamweight title against Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 193. The card will take place inside the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. It marks the Octagon’s debut in the Australian city, and a chance to shatter the all-time attendance record in the process.

And Rousey is embracing that challenge.

“I thought – that’s as big as a whole WrestleMania. I’ll have to sell it all by myself,” said Rousey, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “That’s a tall order. It’s great that the UFC has confidence we can set the record. It’s a testament to how far women’s MMA has come. It’s going to be great to set the record.”

Rousey (12-0), a former Olympic bronze medalist, actually appeared at the most recent WWE WrestleMania event, as she is a long-time fan of pro wrestling.

Since being taken into the third round in 2013 by Miesha Tate, “Rowdy” has been on a memorable run. She’s finished Sara McMann, Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia in just over two minutes combined, including 14- and 16-second victories vs. Zingano and Davis.

In Holm, though, she’ll be facing a different beast. She is a former multi-time world boxing champion and is unbeaten in MMA.

“She’s got the best footwork of anyone I’ve ever fought before, so I couldn’t just come up and tie her up right away. She’s a great counter-puncher, I have to be more careful,” Rousey said. “I can’t be as risky. It’ll take a lot of patience to set her up to break the distance. I’ll have to be a much more mature fighter to finish her.

“I’ve been keeping my eye one her since before she moved to MMA. I knew our paths would cross at some point. I know I’ve been her focus since she came into this, but she’s been in the back of my mind the whole time too.”

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