After Paul Daley was forced to withdraw from his Bellator 163 fight with Derek Anderson, many wondered if the card could still hold up.
It certainly did!
The Bellator light heavyweight title was on the line when Liam McGeary stepped into the cage to defend against Phil Davis. The slaughter of the champ took five full rounds but Davis showed his pedigree and won the belt to be crowned the new champion via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-45, 50-44).
In addition to the main event showdown, the main card was stacked with highlight reel KOs, including one when Javy Ayala defeated Sergei Kharitonov with a :16 knockout. The other, the co-main event, when Brennan Ward defeated Saad Awad with a flurry of punches that sent Awad crashing into the canvas.
Full Bellator 163 Results Below:
Phil Davis def. Liam McGeary via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-44, 50-45)
Brennan Ward def. Saad Awad via TKO (punches) at 1:21 of R1.
Neiman Gracie def. Rudy Bears via submission (armbar) at 4:39 of R1
Javy Ayala def. Sergei Kharitonov via KO (punch) at :16 of R1
Ed Ruth def. Dustin Collins-Miles via TKO (strikes) at 3:19 of R1
Tyrell Fortune def. Cody Miskell via TKO (strikes) at 2:22 of R1
Tyler King def. Josh Diekmann via submission (RNC) at 1:19 of R2
Tim Caron def. Steve Skrzat via TKO (strikes) at 1:22 of R2
Carlos Correia def. Ilya Kotau via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Hannah Regina def. Sarah Payant via submission (arm bar) at 4:51 of R1
Keenan Raymond vs. Kastriot Xhema
Thomas English vs. Chris Foster
Vinicius de Jesus def. James Boran via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:55 of R2