Liam McGeary now has a third proposed opponent for the Bellator 173 headliner in Belfast on Friday.
Just days after it was revealed that Vladimir Filipovic would replace the injured Chris Fields in the main event, Filipovic was forced off the card due to visa issues. As a result, Brett McDermott will step in to face McGeary at the SSE Arena. The promotion confirmed the new booking on Wednesday. Bellator 174 will air on Spike via tape delay in the United States on Friday at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
McDermott, a five-time British Association of Mixed Martial Arts veteran, won two of his three bouts in 2016. Most recently, the Englishman scored a second-round technical knockout victory over Dan Konecke at Full Contact Contender 17 in Manchester on Sept. 24. McDermott owns a 7-4 professional mark, with six of his triumphs coming by KO or TKO.
McGeary is coming off the first defeat of his career, a lopsided five-round decision loss to Phil Davis in a light heavyweight title bout at Bellator 163. Prior to that, the 34-year-old Team Renzo Gracie product had won his first 11 fights, finishing all but one of his opponents inside the distance.