MONDAY NEWS DIGEST 4/29: Liam McGeary shares x-ray of broken jaw, arrest made in Rodrigo de Lima case, UFC announces PPV from Abu Dhabi, and more

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Apr 27, 2019; San Jose, CA, USA; Phil Davis (red gloves) fights Liam McGeary (blue gloves) during Bellator 220 at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports


Liam McGeary lost a third-round TKO to Phil Davis at Bellator 220 Saturday night. Davis connected with a right hand, took McGeary down and finished the fight from the mount. It’s a tough loss for the former Bellator light heavyweight champ, but even tougher is the broken jaw he suffered in the process.

McGeary shared two photos from the hospital on his Instagram. One was a close up of his face, and the other, an x-ray that clearly shows the break in his jaw.

“Ugh… the jaw cracked in the second round and the tooth went in the 3rd,” McGeary wrote in the caption. “Soon as that arm came round and touched my jaw that was enough for me guys!! That hurt like a mutha fucka and you know I can take some shit too!!! Fuck it man, I was too worried about the takedowns in the first I was hesitant.”

He concluded the post with some kind words for his two-time opponent.

“Congrats (Phil Davis) good shit mate, enjoyed throwing down with you man. I’ll see you in the bar for a beer when I get done here.”

Arrest made after hit and run death

An arrest has been made after last week’s hit and run death of former UFC fighter Rodrigo de Lima by an Uber driver. Jefferson Roger Maciel Barata has been arrested in Brazil and confessed to the crime according to a report from UOL in Brazil and shared by MMAFighting.

Barata told police that De Lima punched him when he asked De Lima and his companions in the vehicle to lower their voices. Barata dropped them off and drove away only to return so he could, as he told police, “scare” De Lima and his friends. Video of the incident shows a car driving and striking an individual at a gas station. Barata will be charged with murder.

Monday Notebook

-UFC announced that UFC 242 will be held in Abu Dhabi on Sept. 7. EPSN’s Brett Okamoto tweeted that Khabib Nurmagomedov is expected to make his return at that event. The show will be the first of five annual events in Abu Dhabi.

-Dana White told media at the UFC For Lauderdale post-fight press conference that the planned meeting with Conor McGregor didn’t happen and that he plans to get together with McGregor soon in Los Angeles.

Fight Announcements

-Kyle Prepolec steps in for Siyar Bahadurzada to fight Nordine Taleb this Saturday at UFC Ottawa.

-Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 222 on June 14 from New York City.


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