Liam McGeary will defend his light heavyweight title against Phil Davis at Bellator 163 on 4 November.
The undefeated champion returns to the same venue where he was crowned king in 2015 and marks the second title defence for the 33-year-old British striker.
An eight-time veteran of Bellator MMA, McGeary has finished his opponent in 10 of his 11 career bouts, including eight first round wins – one coming against MMA legend Tito Ortiz.
Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis returns to the Bellator MMA cage having won three consecutive contests and seven of his last nine.
A 13-fight veteran of the UFC, the 31-year-old Davis will likely not be fazed by the bright lights of what is quite possibly the biggest challenge of his illustrious career. The former NCAA National Champion wrestler will try to take this contest to the ground and display his impeccable grappling skillset against the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt.
The main card of Bellator 163 will also feature a female featherweight contest pitting Marloes Coenen (23-7) against undefeated Brazilian Talita Nogueira (6-0).
Dutch submission specialist Coenen will be making her fourth appearance under the Bellator MMA banner after making her promotional debut in 2014. The 35-year-old former Strikeforce competitor enters the cage having won four of her last six contests, including her first two bouts with the Scott Coker-led promotion.
The undefeated 30-year-old Nogueira will be making her Bellator MMA debut inside Mohegan Sun Arena on 4 November. The fight will be her first since 2013.
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Light Heavyweight World Title Bout
Liam McGeary (11-0) vs. Phil Davis (16-3)
Welterweight Feature Bout
Saad Awad (19-8) vs. Brennan Ward (13-4)
Featherweight Feature Bout
Marloes Coenen (23-7) vs. Talita Nogueira (6-0)
Heavyweight Preliminary Bout
Josh Diekmann (15-7, 1 NC) vs. Tyler King (11-4)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout
Blair Tugman (8-6) vs. Walter Smith-Cotito (4-4, 1 NC)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout
Michael Zichelle (8-4) vs. Tim Caron (5-0)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout
Ilya Kotau (1-1) vs. Carlos Corriea (1-0)
Flyweight Preliminary Bout
Sarah Payant (1-3) vs. Hannah Regina (Debut)