Muhammed Lawal vs. Liam McGeary Bellator 185 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/20/17
McGeary vs. Lawal
Bellator: Friday, October 20, 2017 (Mohegan Sun Arena)
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TV: Spike TV
Muhammed Lawal and Liam McGeary fight Friday during Bellator 185 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Muhammed Lawal enters this fight with a 21-6 record and has won 62 percent of his fights by knockout. Lawal has won nine of his last 11 fights and is coming off a March win over Quinton Jackson. Lawal bounced back nicely from his loss to Mirko Cro Cop after controlling three rounds in his heavyweight debut. Lawal is a smart fighter who is a strong striker with a deep wrestling background, which allows him to hold his own wherever the fight ends up. Lawal is highly effective with his takedowns and has a vicious ground and pound attack, and he’s won 13 of his fights by knockout. While he is getting up there in age, Lawal is still an athletic, powerful fighter who is fun to watch and shouldn’t be taken lightly. In 28 total fights, Lawal has never had a fight end in submission. This will be Lawal’s fourth fight in Connecticut.
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Liam McGeary enters this fight with a 12-2 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. McGeary has split his last four fights and is coming off a May loss to Linton Vassell. McGeary was stopped for the first time in his career and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time. McGeary is a lengthy fighter who stands at 6’6” and has a verity striking attack due to his massive length. McGeary is an explosive puncher with KO potential, but he also uses his legs well and mixes in powerful knees once in the clinch. McGeary is also polished on the canvas where he has five submission victories, as he can be a nightmare once he gets those legs wrapped around his opponent. McGeary is simply a tough fighter to prepare for due to there not many guys with his build walking around. This will be McGeary’s third fight in Connecticut.
This is a really intriguing fight and two guys with proven records and solid skill sets. However, Lawal is giving up six inches to McGeary, and that’s a considerable amount and a huge disadvantage. This is a risky fight for Lawal if it goes to the canvas, and McGeary can use his size to his advantage when standing up. The bottom line is that Lawal will be fighting an uphill battle regardless of where this fight ends up. I don’t like this matchup for him.
I like McGeary to win this fight.