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Liam McGeary Signs Multi-Year Bellator Contract Extension

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(Liam McGeary celebrates win over Najim Wali)

Liam McGeary (10-0) earned his light heavyweight championship title last month with a unanimous decision victory over Emanuel Newton (25–8–1). Announced yesterday by Bellator MMA, the British brawler will be sticking around with a multi-year, multi-fight extension with the promotion.

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(Liam McGeary wins the Bellator light heavyweight championship title)

“I’m excited to have signed this contract extension with Bellator,” McGeary said in the release. “I know that I’ve got a target on my back as champion, but I’ve never been one to walk away from a fight. Whoever [Bellator president] Scott Coker decides to put across the cage from me next, it doesn’t matter. To me, their name might as well be ‘Victory No. 11.’ I look forward to working with Coker and Spike TV for years to come.”

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(Liam McGeary (R) lands a left on Emanuel Newton (L))

Liam McGeary’s championship bout with Emanuel Newton was the first in his 10 professional fights that went to the judges’ scorecards. All of his previous 6 fights in Bellator were finished in the first round in dominating fashion. With the championship victory, Liam McGeary became the first British champion of a major MMA organization.

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(Liam McGeary)

On the list of potential next competitors, Tito Ortiz has been barking up the title shot tree with a win over Alexander Shlemenko and Stephan Bonnar. King Mo has won his list 3 fights in a row, including a split decision win at heavyweight over Cheick Kongo. In addition, fellow Brit Linton Vassell earned a TKO victory over Remy Sokodjou the same night Liam McGeary won the light heavyweight title.

Who do you think Liam McGeary will make his first title defense against in the Bellator arena?

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