Though it didn't go off without a hitch, the Bellator 142: "Dynamite 1" hybrid mixed martial arts (MMA) and GLORY kickboxing event last night (Sat. Sept. 19, 2015) inside SAP Center in San Jose, California was a resounding spectacle.
Watch the full post-fight presser here.
One of its highlighted competitors, and eventual winner of Bellator's one-night, four-man Light Heavyweight tournament, Phil Davis submitted Emanuel Newton and knocked out Francis Carmont both in the first round for the right to face the evening's star, reigning 205-pound champion Liam McGeary at a later date.
McGeary, an undefeated British striker, won his 11th consecutive MMA bout by pulling off an unforgettable inverted triangle choke late in the first round of his main event spot after challenger Tito Ortiz escaped an armbar attempt.
From the looks of it, both McGeary and Davis had little to no trouble dispatching their opposition, taking minimal to no damage in the process. However, Bellator president Scott Coker made it known at the post-fight press conference that the general public won't see these two tangle in the Decagon until 2016.
"I think that's probably a fight we'll promote sometime in the first quarter of next year, and I think it's going to be a great matchup," Coker said. "It's going to be a good battle."
The 32-year-old Brit previously won the strap in his last fight over Emanuel Newton in a five-round, back-and-forth battle at Bellator 134 in February. McGeary sports 10 finishes in 11 fights.
"Mr. Wonderful," meanwhile, gets back on the winning track in a tremendous way after forgoing the lands of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he amassed a 9-3-(1) record, for the greener lands of Bellator.
At the end of the night, Davis marched into the ring, right after Ortiz hijacked Jimmy Smith's microphone to give a lengthy post-fight speech -- much to the chagrin of this prominent champion -- to confront McGeary and give him a bit of criticism.
As for injured former light heavyweight title challenger Muhammed Lawal, who conquered Linton Vassell via decision in the 205-pound tourney semifinals, Coker remained mum on whether or not he will face the winner of McGeary vs. Davis.
For complete Bellator 142: "Dynamite 1" results, click here.