Liam McGeary made a name for himself when he claimed the Bellator light heavyweight title from Emanuel Newton earlier this year.
Saturday night at Bellator: Dynamite 1, McGeary went ahead and cemented his status in the 205-pound division with a submission win over Tito Ortiz.
Unbeaten in 11 pro fights, McGeary picked up his third submission win and sixth finish in his last seven fights when he locked up an inverted triangle choke on Ortiz.
“The victory was amazing,” McGeary said. “Tito has never been submitted before, so that was definitely an achievement for me.”
McGeary ran through Mike Mucitelli, Egidijus Valavicius and Kelly Anundson during the 2014 Summer Series tournament, finishing all three inside of the first round. That earned the 32-year-old a crack at Newton, and he took advantage, controlling the action and earning the title after 25 minutes of work.
“This is my house,” McGeary said. “You can’t come into my house and try to take things away from me. I got this belt with hard work and anyone that comes in here will have a fight on their hands.
“That goes for anyone who steps in to fight me.”
McGeary also found out his next opponent this past weekend, as Phil Davis claimed a one-night tournament title and earned a future shot at the champion.