Davis wins split decision over Machida at Bellator 245

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis defeated Lyoto Machida for the second-time. It was their first fight against each other in Bellator MMA.

Davis won the Bellator 245 main event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. He won a split decision over Machida.

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This was their first fight since August 2013. Davis also won the unanimous decision at UFC 163.

The 35-year-old Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native has now won three straight bouts. With this win, he could be entered into the title picture.

He also defeated Karl Albrektsson and Liam McGeary in 2019, both by TKO. Davis has not lost a fight since being defeatedly Vadim Nemkov in November 2018.

The Light Heavyweight has improved to 22-5-1 in his MMA career. He has won 11 fights by decision. In addition, six additional fights were won by knockout and the other five were won by submission.

Bellator President Scott Coker may decide to have a rematch between Davis and Nemkov. The Russian defeated Ryan Bader in August by TKO to win the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship.

Since signing with Bellator, Davis is 9-2 with the company. The only losses were to Bader and Nemkov.

Machida, a legend in the MMA world, is 26-10 in his MMA career. With the loss, he has now lost five fights by decision.

The Belem, Para, Brazil native returned to the Octagon for the first-time in nearly a year. He has been defeated in his last two bouts, including a loss to Gegard Mousasi.

He’s now in the downside of his career. Coker may wait to find a next opponent for Machida. He’s 2-2 since signing with Bellator.

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