‘King Mo’ to Face Ex-Light Heavyweight Champ Liam McGeary at Bellator MMA’s Hawaii Debut

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 17, 2018


Muhammed Lawal will square off against Liam McGeary when Bellator makes its first foray to Hawaii on Dec. 15.

Bellator President Scott Coker announced the bout via Twitter on Monday. The event take place at Neil S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu and will be headlined by a flyweight championship clash between Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Valerie Letourneau. The card will also see Lyoto Machida make his promotion debut against Rafael Carvalho in a featured middleweight tilt. The card will stream live on DAZN.

Lawal and McGeary were initially slated to meet at Bellator 185 in October 2017, but “King Mo” withdrew from the contest due to injury.



Lawal last appeared at Bellator 199, where he suffered a 15-second technical knockout loss to Ryan Bader in the quarterfinal round of the promotion’s heavyweight grand prix. The 37-year-old has lost three of his last five bouts, but owns notable wins over the likes of Quinton Jackson, Cheick Kongo, Linton Vassell and Gegard Mousasi.

McGeary, the former Bellator MMA light heavyweight champion, will be looking to snap a two-fight skid after being finished in back-to-back bouts by Vadim Nemkov and Linton Vassell. The 35-year-old Englishman began his promotional tenure with eight straight wins but has lost three of his last four.

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