Phil Davis lived up to his “Mr. Wonderful” moniker in his Bellator debut. The former UFC contender made quick work of Emanuel Newton in the first round of their tournament bout. Newton was able to keep Davis at bay for a time in the opening minutes of the fight by throwing leg kicks, but it was only a matter of time until the Penn St. wrestler got his hands on Newton. Once he did, the fight immediately went to the mat and only returned to the standing position in spurts.
The former Bellator champion tried to escape on numerous occasions, but failed to break Davis’s grip on each of these instances. Finally, with less than a minute left in the round, Davis locked on a kimura and twisted until the infamously difficult to finish Newton eventually relinquished and surrendered the tap.
Davis will move on to face King Mo Lawal in the finals of the tournament in the co-main event of the evening.