MMA has lost half of its slated main event scheduled for this
Monday, SevereMMA.com was
first to report that Irishman Chris
Fields has suffered an undisclosed training injury and had
pulled out of his 205-pound bout with former Bellator light
heavyweight champion Liam
McGeary. Fields-McGeary was scheduled to headline
Bellator 173, which takes place Feb. 24 at the SSE Arena in
Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Instead of Fields, McGeary will now take on Serbia’s Vladimir
Filipovic. It is not known if the bout will still headline the
The 26-year-old Filipovic is 8-2 as a professional. In his first
fight outside his native Serbia last June, he lost to Anatoly
Tokov on the undercard of Fedor
Maldonado in Russia. Filipovic returned to action just three
weeks later, knocking out Arpad Torok
at Serbian Battle Championship 10.
McGeary, 34, hasn’t fought since dropping the Bellator light
heavyweight title to Phil Davis at
Bellator 163 last November in a one-sided unanimous decision
Bellator 173 is a co-promotional venture with the British
Association of Mixed Martial Arts, with BAMMA 28 serving as the
first leg of a doubleheader of events at the SSE Arena.
will take place on the same day, in the same venue as BAMMA 28,
with BAMMA card serving as a preliminary lead-in for the Bellator
card, as was the case for Bellator 169 in Ireland last December.
The BAMMA 28 bill is headlined by a 155-pound title fight between
Ultimate Fighing Championship veterans Norme Parke and Paul