Bellator 173 was in Belfast, Ireland as part of their world tour.
Former Bellator light heavyweight champion, Liam McGeary was looking to bounce back from his first carer loss, and he got his shot againt Brett McDermott. who was McGeary’s 3rd scheduled opponent of the week. The former professional rugby player came out to make the best out of his short notice fight by dropping McGeary almost immediately as the fight started. McGeary recoverd from the early shot, and landed a huge knee on McDermott, who survived the first round. McGeary started finding his shots in the 2nd round, before the referee asked the ringside physician to check a large cut over the right eye of McDermott. The doctor thought the cut was too deep and called the fight off, giving McGeary the 2nd round TKO.
Jimmy Smith announced that McGeary will face fellow countryman Linton Vassell on May 19th in London, England.
Bellator’s younger, smaller version of Conor McGregor, James Gallagher took on in his home country of Ireland and dominated Kirill Medvedovsky in ashort fight. Gallagher landed several shots on his feet, before taking down his opponent and sinking in a 1st round rear naked choke.
During the post fight interview with Jimmy Smith, Gallagher called for a fight with A.J. McKee
Iony Razafiarison was able to pull of the big upset over Irish women, Sinead Kavanagh. Razafiarison dominated the fight by outwrestling Kavanagh in all 3 rounds.
One of the top prospects from France, Alex Lohore took on former The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes season veteran, Colin Fletcher to open the main card of the evening. Both fighters came out pushing a high pace, that included some great scrambles. Fletcher displayed some high level BJJ by nearly sinking several submissions including a D’Arce choke, a gogoplata, and an armbar. However, in the second round it was Lohore who showed off the ground skills. He was able to get a takedown and land a rear naked choke, giving him the victory.