Penn State alum and former national championship winning wrestler Phil Davis is now a world champion.
Davis, who goes by the moniker “Mr. Wonderful,” defeated previously unbeaten Liam McGeary via Unanimous Decision in dominating fashion to become the Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Champion. After five round, judges scored the bout in favor of Davis, 50-43, 50-45, and 50-44.
Davis used his superior wrestling to ground and pound the Brit, getting to full mount a number of times in the contest. This is the first championship for Davis who moves to 17-3 in his career with victories over the likes of Alexander Gustafsson, Lyoto Machida and Glover Texeira. He is now 4-0 in Bellator since leaving the UFC. The promotion has grown immensely over the last few years, adding stars such as Davis, Rory MacDonald and Benson Henderson. In fact, the Bellator Lightweight Champion, Michael Chandler, holds a submission victory over UFC Lightweight Champ Eddie Alvarez, who will defend his belt next Saturday against Conor McGregor as the UFC makes its first appearance in Madison Square Garden.
A Harrisburg, PA native, Davis was a four-time All-American at Penn State and a national champion in 2008 at 197 pounds. Joining Davis on the Bellator card was fellow Harrisburg native and former Penn State wrestler Ed Ruth. Ruth was four-time All-American three-time national champion for the Nittany Lions. He was making his Mixed Martial Arts debut on the card and was victorious via TKO midway through the first round after taking his opponent down and controlling him much of the way.
Congratulations to both Phil and Ed who are quickly on their way to becoming two of the more notable names in the MMA world. We Are!