Former Bellator light heavyweight champion Phil Davis will return for the first time since losing his title against Leo Leite. The bout will be part of Bellator 186, which takes place Nov. 3 at the campus of Penn State University, Davis’ alma mater, at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Penn.
In his last fight, Davis lost for the second time against Ryan Bader, and in the process dropped the light heavyweight championship. Davis had won all four of his Bellator bouts up until that point. During his run in the promotion, he has scored victories over Emanuel Newton, Francis Carmont, Muhammed Lawal and Liam McGeary. Prior to signing with Bellator, Davis competed extensively in the UFC where he picked up signature victories over Lyoto Machida, Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson.
Leite will be making his Bellator debut in November. He holds an undefeated 10-0 record as a professional. From 2014-2015, he fought three times for the Legacy Fighting Championship where he defeated Myron Dennis, Larry Crowe and Ryan Spann. In his last fight, Leite took home a majority-decision victory over Moise Rimbon at Fight2Night 1.
In the main event of Bellator 186, light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader will defend his title against Linton Vassell.