The fight was announced after McGeary’s domination of Brett McDermott at Bellator 173 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This was his first outing since losing his light heavyweight championship to Phil Davis at Bellator 163. McGeary won the title from Emanuel Newton at Bellator 134 and he defended the title against Tito Ortiz at Bellator: Dynamite.
Linton ‘The Swarm’ Vassell hasn’t fought since defeating Francis Carmont at Bellator 165 in November 2016. Like McGeary, he holds a victory over Emanuel Newton, and he is hoping a victory over McGeary will lead him to earn a second title shot.