Bellator 173 took place on Friday from the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was headlined by former Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary scoring a TKO victory in the second round due to doctor stoppage against Brett McDermott in a catchweight bout of 217 pounds.

In the co-main event of the fight card, rising featherweight prospect James Gallagher remained undefeated as he scored his fifth career victory by submission as he used a rear-naked choke to defeat Kirill Medvedovsky. has put together post fight statistics from Friday’s fight card.

  • Liam McGeary is now tied with Ben Askren, Eddie Alvarez, Will Brooks, Brennan Ward and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal for the 5th most wins in Bellator history.
  • McGeary now has 5 TKO/KO victories inside the Bellator cage and he is now tied with Rick Hawn, Andrey Koreshkov, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Michael Chandler and David Rickels for the 4th most in Bellator history.
  • James Gallagher improved to 3-0 in Bellator with his submission victory over Kirill Medvedovsky and he is now tied with Wilson Reis, Scott Heckman, Darrion Caldwell, Kenny Foster and A.J. McKee for the 2nd most submission victories in Bellator featherweight division history.
  • Iony Razafiarison snapped a two fight winless streak with a decision victory over Sinead Kavanagh and she is now 1-1 in Bellator.
  • Alex Lohore extended his winning streak to 7 fights with a rear-naked choke submission victory over Ultimate Fighter alum Colin Fletcher and this marks his 4th career victory by submission.
  • Shay Walsh scored a decision victory over Jame McErlean in the opening bout of Bellator 173 and he has won 5 of his last 6 fights.

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    Sinead Kavanagh found out the true meaning of Mix Martial Arts by discovering wrestling is included in Mix Martial Arts. Sinead Kavanagh is fairly young in her MMA career and she is with a good gym, so I am hopeful that her coaches will take that film and teach her to learn some takedown defense and some wrestling of her own. Also, I don’t think Sinead Kavanagh is a Featherweight fighter because she looked like she was simply fighting a bigger woman. So good to see she went out and gave it her best. It was a blaise card. I am happy for Iony Razafiarison to get her first victory in the Bellator cage.


    My bad on thinking that Sinead Kavanagh was fighting a bigger woman against Iony Razafiarison. According to tapology, Sinead Kavanagh weighed in basically 4 pounds heavier than Iony Razafiarison. Of course, who knows what each weighed on fight night. Anyway, Sinead Kavanagh is with a good gym, so I am sure they will jump right on making the proper correction in her takedown defense and her scrambles to get back to her feet, along with other tweaks in her arsenal. One thing for sure when it comes to Bellator women, Bellator is gaining some intriguing prospects from the opponents of the women Bellator wants to push.

    • Jason Floyd

      Kavanagh vs. Razafiarison was a catchweight bout of 140 pounds, which is why there was a little bit of a weight difference between them. (Note: This was always a catchweight bout)