Bellator 163 Results: Light Heavyweight Championship, Major Upset

Javy Ayala vs. Sergei Kharitonov

Round One: The round begins with Ayala instantly looking for the takedown on Kharitonov, Ayala destroys Kharitonov with a right and Kharitonov is out cold.

Official Result: Javy Ayala def. Sergei Kharitonov by KO via punch (0:16, R1)

Rudy Bears vs. Neiman Gracie

Round One: The round begins with Gracie attacking Bears with a high kick, Bears charges at Gracie while throwing strikes. Bears also starts attacking Gracie with some leg kicks, Gracie holds Bears against the cage wall before scoring the takedown. Gracie transitions to back control on Bears, Gracie peppers Bears with strikes while looking for the submission. Gracie transitions to the arm bar and the tap out follows.

Official Result: Neiman Gracie def. Rudy Bears by submission via arm bar (4:39, R1)

Saad Awad vs. Brennan Ward

Round One: The round begins with Awad attacking Ward with leg kicks, Awad and Ward exchhnage a few high kicks as well. Ward scores a takedown and Awad gets right back to his feet, Ward charges at Awad while throwing a combination. Awad then cracks Ward with a short right hook, Ward assaults Awad with a multiple strike combination. Awad tries swinging back and Ward drops him with a left to put him out cold.

Official Result: Brennan Ward def. Saad Awad by KO via punch (1:26, R1)

Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Liam McGeary (Champion) vs. Phil Davis

Round One: The round begins with McGeary attacking Davis with a front kick attempt, McGeary then cracks Davis with a left hook. Davis responds by attacking McGeary with a few leg kicks, McGeary recovers and he attacks Davis with a high kick. Davis looks for the takedown and McGeary nails him with a few knee strikes, Davis cracks a swinging McGeary with a counter left hook. McGeary charges at Davis while throwing strikes, Davis scores a takedown on McGeary and he gets the full mount. Davis starts attacking McGeary with some ground and pound, McGeary scrambles and he gets to his feet with Davis holding onto him. Davis drags McGeary back to the ground and he gets the full mount again, McGeary scrambles to his feet after eating some more strikes. McGeary tries keeping Davis at bay by throwing a few jabs, the fighters kick away at each other as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Davis

Round Two: The round begins with Davis attacking McGeary with some leg kicks, the fighters exchange a few kicks to the midsection. Davis starts hunting for some more takedowns on McGeary, McGeary starts peppering Davis with a series of jabs. Davis scores a takedown on McGeary and he gets the half guard, Davis transitions to the full mount position on McGeary. Davis starts attacking McGeary with some ground and pound, McGeary pushes off the cage to cause a scramble and to get the fight standing again. McGeary takes a few swings at Davis as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Davis (Overall Score: 20-18 for Davis)

Round Three: The round begins with McGeary attacking Davis with a high kick and some jabs, Davis then lands a kick to the midsection of McGeary. Davis attacks McGeary with a high kick of his own before scoring a takedown, Davis quickly gains the full mount on McGeary again. Davis starts attacking McGeary with some ground and pound, McGeary tries scrambling and Davis keeps him on the ground. McGeary is able to get Davis in the half guard while throwing strikes from his back, Davis returns to the full mount while landing some strikes. Davis postures up and kicks away at the legs of McGeary as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Davis (Overall Score: 30-27 for Davis)

Round Four: The round begins with Davis nailing McGeary with a looping left hook, Davis nails an incoming McGeary with a kick to the midsection. McGeary comes forward on Davis while throwing strikes, McGeary then cracks Davis with a right hook to the rib cage. Davis scores a takedown on McGeary and he gets the open guard, Davis transitions to the full mount on McGeary. Davis starts attacking McGeary with some ground and pound, Davis transitions to back control on McGeary while landing some more strikes. Davis regains the full mount position on McGeary while landing more strikes, Davis rolls for a kimura and McGeary escapes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Davis (Overall Score: 40-36 for Davis)

Round Five: The round begins with McGeary attacking Davis with a variety of kicks, Davis looks for the takedown and McGeary stuffs him. McGeary drops to the ground on a guillotine choke attempt and Davis escapes to maintain top position, Davis transitions to the full mount on McGeary. Davis starts attacking McGeary with some ground and pound, Davis transitions to back control on McGeary. McGeary does his best to attack Davis with strikes while on his back, Davis attacks McGeary with a few more strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Davis (Final Score: 50-45 for Davis)

Official Result: Phil Davis def. Liam McGeary by unanimous decision (50-43, 50-45, 50-44) to win the Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Title

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