On March 10th Marcus will be teaching a seminar in Ohio at the Jorge Gurgel MMA Academy. Call 513-889-5851 for more information!
The “Irish Hand Grenade” will be fighting at Global Fight Leauge 13 against welterweight Travis Coyle (10-5) on September 23rd in Portland, Maine. The bout will be Davis’s third bout since getting cut by the UFC. Coyle will be looking for the biggest win of his career as Davis looks to extend his winning streak to three.
After that bout Davis will be facing TUF contestant Chuck O’neal (8-4) who was known for his toughness on the show but was cut after losing to heavy underdog Chris Cope on The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale. This bout will be taking place at W-1 Reloaded on October 15th in Miami, Florida.
The 38-year-old is currently staying active as he hopes to impress and make his way back into the UFC. With 2 more wins he could be making his way back to the UFC’s welterweight division.
Davis defeats Spratt at MFC 30
EDMONTON — Marcus Davis took a decision victory Friday over Pete Spratt in a battle of veteran fighters at Maximum Fighting Championship 30.
Davis (19-8) fed Spratt a steady diet of knees to win the first two rounds of the fight. Spratt tried to mount a comeback in the third round, but Davis was able to hold on for the unanimous decision victory.
The fight was a rematch fight, where Davis submitted Spratt with an Achilles Lock, and the second consecutive victory for the Irish Hand Grenade.
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“The Irish Hand Grenade” Marcus Davis
Potential match ups have talented group positioned for exciting fights
By MFC Staff
The scenarios are plentiful, the talent pool deep and rich, and the perspective fights all scintillating in their own way.
Such is life in the shark-infested waters of the MFC’s lightweight division.
On the heels of two more exciting 155-pound bouts at MFC 29: Conquer, there is much to be sorted out among the top contenders – many of whom are pitching their own battles for upcoming events.
Let’s take a look at who might just wind up going nose to nose at MFC 30 and beyond.
Drew Fickett vs. Hermes Franca
Fickett (41-13) – submitted Matt Veach via armbar in only 36 seconds at MFC 28
Franca (21-11) – scored second-round knockout against Robert Washington at MFC 29
Here lies an interesting twist as Fickett was slated to meet Antonio McKee for the title at MFC 28 but instead mowed through replacement Matt Veach. “The Night Rider” was banged up for a slated encounter with Franca at MFC 29, but is now the time for this fight? Fickett could get McKee first or, if as expected McKee hangs up his gloves for good, then a spirited tussle with Franca could potentially be a brand-new title matchup. “The Unreal” looked, well, if not unreal at least fantastic in clowning with and then dusting off Robert Washington at Conquer. Both fighters have world-class jiu-jitsu so it will be interesting to see if either elects to take the fight to the ground where their respective talents are best served. Franca showed against Washington that he has some pop in his fists, and the re-born Fickett looks as though he’d chew glass to go through whoever is next in his path.
Probability of happening – 8 out of 10
Marcus Davis vs. Richie Whitson
Davis (18-8) – coming off hard-fought split-decision win over Curtis Demarce at MFC 29
Whitson (11-1) – slipped past Curtis Demarce via split decision at MFC 28
In various forums, Whitson has called out Davis and “Hell Boy” should get exactly what he wants. This would be a pure strikers’ battle, and easily a contender for Fight of the Year. Davis probably got more than he expected out of Curtis Demarce at MFC 29 – just like Whitson dealt with at MFC 28 – and the longtime veteran had a bit of a struggle with the weight cut. Still, “The Irish Hand Grenade” has a lot to offer, and this is a showdown that will stop traffic. Both fighters seem to relish the opportunity of getting into all-out wars, and both aren’t the least bit afraid to take two or three good shots en route to blasting a few bombs back on their opponent.
Probability of happening – 9 out of 10
Tyrone Glover vs. Kajan Johnson
Glover (6-0) – got past Robert Washington via split decision at MFC 28
Johnson (18-10-1) – one-sided decision victory over Ryan Healy at MFC 28
Glover reappeared on the mixed martial arts scene following a career-oriented timeout to achieve his law degree and open his own practice. That’s out of the way now and “T$” is geared up to fight. He obviously showed some ring rust against Washington, though he was able to spice things up with flashes of his jiu-jitsu skills. Glover needs to stay active to get into title consideration so a fight at MFC 30 would be an absolute must. The ever-talkative Johnson called out Franca after MFC 29, but that matchup isn’t likely since “Ragin” has been either inactive/injured/focused on hip hop for long periods over the past couple of years. Johnson has a solid all-around approach and, most importantly, the jiu-jitsu defense (as illustrated against Josh Russell) to contend with Glover’s game.
Probability of happening – 7 out of 10
Curtis Demarce vs. Robert Washington
Demarce (10-9) – coming off back-to-back gut-wrenching decision losses to Whitson and Davis
Washington (9-3) – decision loss to Glover followed by KO setback against Franca
Washington, the former U.S. Navy petty officer, is 0-2 in the MFC. Demarce, perhaps victimized by the judges against Whitson, is a treacherous 1-2. If they do wind up facing off, the loser is surely going to get a one-way ticket out of town. Washington took the Franca fight on short notice so he gets some leeway, but he’s yet to come close to showing why he has been nicknamed “The Beast.” Meanwhile, Demarce is every bit “The Demon” because he will manically go to hell and back to stay in a fight. He gave more than he got against Whitson yet was shortchanged on the scorecards, and was much more than Davis ever expected. The sharks are circling these two – one of them will get pulled out of danger.
Probability of happening – 8 out of 10
And what of belt-holder Antonio McKee (25-4-2)? A knee injury held him back from defending against Fickett at MFC 28, and he still wasn’t ready six weeks later for MFC 29. At 40 years of age, it seems the body – and maybe the desire as well – has finally run out.
If McKee wants one more go at things, then it is 100% mandatory he defends the belt at MFC 30. If he can’t then a heartfelt farewell is in order.
In his first fight since being cut from the UFC, “The Irish Hand Grenade” Marcus Davis took a bloody, well-deserved split decision over Manitoba’s Curtis Demarce.
The 37-year-old Davis used his superior striking skills to hammer the 22-year-old Demarce with both clean punching combinations and lead knees. Demarce was able to capitalize on the battle-worn Davis’’ scar tissue, opening up several cuts that forced Davis to wear a crimson mask for the final two thirds of their bout. However, on the feet, Davis was superior, and it was his guillotine attempts that represented the most threatening grappling tactics of the bout.
Davis sealed the fight late with a crushing lead knee that took Demarce’s balance from him in the waning moments. Judge Sal Signorino saw the bout 29-28 for DeMarce, but Therien and Cheadle scored the bout 30-27 and 29-28 respectively for Davis.
“This will be number 99, which I’ve gone to the hospital and needed sutures,” the UFC vet, still bleeding, mused. “I’ve had $35,000 dollars on my credit bill on stitches alone. I’m like Frankenstein.”