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Bellator 142's Liam McGeary has patched holes, ready to stuff Tito Ortiz tonight

McGeary wants to be the fork in the road of Tito Ortiz's comeback trail tonight (Sat., Sept. 19, 2015) at Bellator 142: "Dynamite 1."

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It's easy to get complacent when you're undefeated, but it seems Bellator Light Heavyweight kingpin Liam McGeary (10-0) has solved that quandary.

The immensely talented British striker aims to make a successful first title defense against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz (18-11-1) at the insane Bellator 142: "Dynamite 1" event TONIGHT (Sat., Sept. 19, 2015) inside SAP Center in San Jose, California.

McGeary ran his mixed martial arts (MMA) record up to 10-0 by competing and ravaging the competition in Bellator over the last two years, more often than not with his boxing. The Brit owns four first-round stoppages via his strikes in the promotion.

Get a closer look at his handiwork in the video below:

However, it was his sub-par takedown defense and brilliant Brazilian jiu-jitsu work that was on full display in his 205-pound title win over Emanuel Newton at Bellator 134 back in February.

McGeary surrendered multiple takedowns to "The Hardcore Kid" inside Mohegan Sun Arena, but managed to combat the top game of Newton with a record-setting 11 submission attempts, including a double dose of triangle chokes in rounds one and three.

Ortiz, a former collegiate wrestler and grappler, has been known to fancy a takedown, as well as some hard hammer fists, which is cause for concern on the part of McGeary.

"I had to evolve with this sport. I realized there's holes in my game there, which got shown so I had to go back and change them. I did exactly what I needed to do. I feel great -- my training camp went well," McGeary told MMA Fighting's Luke Thomas.

Ortiz has collected 12 finishes in his MMA career; his last one a first-round submission of former Bellator Middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 120 in May 2014. However, McGeary poses a rebuttal for anyone who thinks he will not be able to stop the wrestling of Ortiz.

"What happens if I stop his takedown? It's not if I get taken down, it's when I stop his take down," said McGeary.

The 32-year-old has top-notch coaching on his side by the way of grappling wizard Renzo Gracie and Dave Esposito of Edge School of Wrestling in New Jersey.

It remains to be seen whether or not McGeary can stuff the takedown of a high caliber fighter such as Ortiz.

McGeary is up against one of the toughest competitors in Bellator's Light Heavyweight stable as Ortiz boasts a significant experience advantage. This will be "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy's" 10th appearance in a world title bout and he's been locked in a cage with the Randy Couture's and Chuck Liddell's of the world.

McGeary does possess the skill-set to take you out on the ground or on the feet. His 6'6" frame should also prove valuable in his effort to maintain distance and sprawl.

The likelihood of their headliner ending under the 25-minute allotment is very high and you've got to tip your cap the way of McGeary. He will be able to end the fight wherever it goes.

For more on the Bellator 142: "Dynamite 1" fight card click here.

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