It was all going so well for Ortiz….He had grounded the younger champion early during the main event of Bellator 142: Dynamite and seemed to have the advantage. He had defended more than one submission attempt and even passed to side control. This was precisely where he needed the bout to be, and all looked to be going perfectly.
Unfazed by his veteran opponents attacks, however, McGeary (11-0) jumped on a slight opening and slyly wrapped an inverted triangle around the neck of the former UFC champion. It took mere seconds before the tap came, handing McGeary the biggest victory of his young career by a wide margin. The submission came 4:41 of Round 1.
After relinquishing the bout, Ortiz (18-12-1) was quick to display his respect for the reigning champion in the center of the cage. McGeary returned the favor as both shook hands.
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’s” next bout is still in question, but Liam McGeary’s was decided earlier in the evening during the co-main event. Phil Davis, who was making his promotional debut, finished two fights in one night, both in the first round. The former Penn St. standout wrestler defeated Emanuel Newton by submission to earn his spot in the finals and then starched alternate fighter Francis Carmont via KO after King Mo Lawal was unable to continue in the tournament.
Davis improved to 15-3-1 with the dual victories and will now wait for his opportunity to challenge McGeary for the Bellator’s Light Heavyweight Championship sometime in the near future, possibly before the end of the calendar year.