Phil “Mr Wonderful” Davis, one of a number of mid-profile fighters to make the jump from the UFC to Scott Coker’s Bellator, made quite the impression on his new boss.
On a hybrid card in San Jose, Bellator hooked up with kickboxing organisation Glory, Davis took part in a four man light-heavyweight tournament. Davis stopped former Bellator champion Emmanuel Newton with a first round submission early in the night and then returned to knock out Francis Carmont, again in the first round. His first KO win in over six years.
After beating Carmont, a replacement for the injured Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Davis was awarded a belt. It’s not a championship belt because Liam McGeary retained the light-heavyweight championship by submitting Tito Ortiz in the main event on Saturday night. So it’s largely just to keep up a very ornate pair of trousers with giant belt loops.
It was a flying start to his Bellator career with a match-up against King Mo or possibly a title-shot against McGeary the most likely next step for Davis.
Submission win over Newton
KO win over Carmont: