Marcus Davis

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Marcus Davis
Marcus Davis UFC 80.JPG
Born (1973-08-24) August 24, 1973 (age 43)
Houlton, Maine, United States
Other names Irish Hand Grenade
The Celtic Warrior (UFC 72, UFC 93)
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 156 lb (71 kg; 11.1 st)[1]
Division Lightweight
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)
Fighting out of Bangor, Maine, United States
Team Team Sityodtong
Rank Black belt in Choi Shin Do Karate
Years active 2003–2014 (MMA)
Professional boxing record
Total 20
Wins 17
By knockout 12
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Draws 2
Kickboxing record
Total 2
Losses 2
By knockout 2
Mixed martial arts record
Total 34
Wins 22
By knockout 6
By submission 9
By decision 7
Losses 11
By knockout 4
By submission 3
By decision 4
No contests 1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 14, 2009

Marcus Paul Davis (born August 24, 1973), is a retired American professional mixed martial artist and former professional boxer who is perhaps best known for competing in the UFC. A professional MMA competitor from 2003 until 2014, Davis also competed for Bellator MMA, the MFC, the Cage Fury Fighting Championships, and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 2.


Davis was born in Houlton, Maine and raised in Bangor, Maine by his single mother along with his brother, Brad who is six years older than Marcus. Davis was troubled growing up, often getting into fights, and was also stabbed twice, shot at on more than one occasion and witnessed rapes at a young age. He began karate when he was eight years old because there was no boxing gyms in his town but would eventually start boxing when he was 14 years old, having his first amateur match later that year. Davis became a professional boxer when he was 18 years old, and attended Bangor High School.[2] At the age of 19 Davis began his career with a second round TKO of Luis Guzman in April 1993 and compiled a professional record of 17–1–2 over the next seven years on the New England circuit, where he fought primarily as a Junior-Middleweight. In his last fight as a boxer, he suffered a TKO loss to 34-year-old Ed Bryant which led him to reconsider his future as a successful boxer.[3] He then became excited with the challenge of mixed martial arts, much to the bemusement of his peers. He retired from boxing after the TKO loss in October 2000.[4] In 1995, Davis, then based in Massachusetts, began training in grappling with Joe Maffei. In 1997, he moved back to Bangor and opened up an MMA school, while running a bar. The doormen took classes at the school, one of whom was Tim Sylvia. After Sylvia joined Miletich Fighting Systems in 2000, Davis quickly followed. More recently, Davis has trained with Mark Dellagrotte and his own team in Bangor, Team Sityodtong.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Davis entered professional MMA on August 22, 2003, with a first-round TKO of Shaun Gay. Though later describing himself as "one-dimensional", Davis was able to put together a 3–2 professional record.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In 2005, Marcus was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 2. Coming in with reputed boxing skills, he picked Joe Stevenson in episode four in what proved to be a mismatch, as Davis was quickly taken down by the eventual winner and submitted. He was later brought back in episode ten to cover for Jason Von Flue, who suffered a cut on his forehead in practice, though Von Flue's cut was healed enough in time to fight. Marcus fought on the undercard of the finale, where he lost to Melvin Guillard.

Following the series, Davis strongly considered retirement but recuperated from a shoulder injury picked up against Joe Stevenson and went back to MMA training. Davis subsequently bounced back with 11 wins, including a triumphant return to the UFC at Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter.

In Davis' fight against Paul Taylor at UFC 75 in London, England[6] he was knocked down by a high kick to the neck, but was able to recover, gain a dominant position, and secure an armbar as Taylor desperately scrambled to regain control. Marcus won Fight of the night as well as submission of the night for that fight. For earning the submission and fight of the night awards, he was awarded $80,000 in bonuses. His next fight was a highlight-reel knockout win against fierce rival Jess Liaudin at UFC 80 in Newcastle, England.

Marcus Davis lost a very one sided unanimous decision to Mike Swick at UFC 85, ending his six fight undefeated streak in the octagon and eleven fight winning streak in MMA. He got back to winning ways with a submission victory over England's Paul Kelly at UFC 89.

Davis' fought Chris Lytle at UFC 93 on January 17, 2009. Both fighters are former boxers and had discussed a potential fight in their futures since early 2008.[7] Lytle called out Davis at UFC 89. He suggested that the fight take place in Ireland, where Davis had gained a substantial following due to his emphasis on his Irish roots. Leading up to the event, both fighters promised to stand and trade blows for the entire fight, rather than engage in grappling. Lytle managed to stun Davis several times, but Davis used superior footwork, counter-punching, and kicks to win a split decision.[8] The bout shared Fight of the Night honors with the Coleman/Rua co-main event, earning Davis a $40,000 bonus.[9]

Davis fought on June 13, 2009, against up and coming striker Dan Hardy. The fight became personal when Hardy took offense to Davis defeating British-based fighters in Britain. Hardy called Davis a "fake Irishman" and a "Plastic Paddy", and said his website "looked like a St. Patrick's day parade had blown up".[10][11] Then on, Hardy posted photos of Davis which resulted in many being edited in "humorous" fashions by forum users. Some of these edits included homosexual imagery, which touched a nerve with Davis and increased the ill-feeling between the two. Hardy won the fight via a narrow and controversial split decision. After the fight, Davis expressed his anger at the decision, stating, "I won the fight. I won 12 minutes of the fight and they gave it to him? You bet I want a rematch, right away."

Davis suffered his first knock out loss by Ben Saunders due to knee on November 21, 2009, at UFC 106.[12] This knockout loss resulting in Davis receiving a medical suspension of up to six months because of a broken nose.[13]

Davis fought Jonathan Goulet at UFC 113.[14] He won via TKO due to punches in the second round.

Davis lost to Nate Diaz on August 28, 2010, at UFC 118 via technical submission (guillotine choke) in the third round.[15]

In an interview with MMA Davis confirmed he will drop to the Lightweight division for his next UFC appearance and said he made the decision after the realization that his frame is better suited for 155 pounds. Davis also confirmed that he is contemplating retirement stating "I'm going to finish out my career at 155 and try to entertain some people along the way before my old ass retires," Davis also stated "That's where I'm normally and naturally going to be, so that's where I'm going to fight right now," he said of the 155-pound lightweight division. "It does make more sense that I should be able to compete better at that weight for the fact that the weight difference isn't going to be so dramatic."[16]

Davis fought Jeremy Stephens on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125. After a back and forth fight which saw Davis getting an edge on the judges scorecards, he was knocked out by a counter right hook at 2:33 of the third round.

On January 6, 2011 it was announced that Davis had been released by the UFC after losing four out of his last five bouts.[17]

Maximum Fighting Championship[edit]

It was announced that Davis signed a contract with the Maximum Fighting Championship company, and had signed on to fight Curtis Demarce at MFC 29.[18] He won the fight via split decision. Davis returned at MFC 30, defeating Pete Spratt by unanimous decision in a rematch of their bout from UFC 69.

Independent Promotions[edit]

Davis was scheduled to face Josh Hersey on September 23 at Global Fight League 13: Heavy Hitters in Portland, Maine.[19] but Hersey pulled out of the bout due to a knee injury and was replaced by Travis Coyle.[20] Davis defeated Coyle via submission in the first round.[21][22] Davis fought Ultimate Fighter 13 alumni Chuck O'Neil in a Welterweight bout at W-1 Reloaded in Miami, Florida on October 15, The bout was to be the co-main event but was later promoted to the main event after Jeff Monson pulled out of his fight with Gabriel Gonzaga.[23][24] Davis lost by split decision.

Davis was scheduled to fight Matt Lee at Century Fighting Championship: Davis vs. Lee on March 31, 2012 in Salem, New Hampshire.[25] However the event has now been postponed.[26]

On May 6, 2012, Davis turned his hand to kickboxing to challenge Mark Casserly for the ISKA World Light Cruiserweight (-84.6 kg/186.5 lb) Oriental Championship in Dublin, Ireland, losing by head-kick knockout in round one.[27]

Davis replaced Karo Parisyan and faced David Bielkheden at Superior Challenge 8 on October 6, 2012 in Malmo, Sweden.[28] He won by unanimous decision.

Davis fought against Darrius Heyliger on May 18, 2013 at NEF 7.[29] Davis defeated Heyliger via unanimous decision.

Following his loss to Alexander Sarnavskiy, Davis faced Ryan Sanders at NEF: Fight Night 12 on February 8, 2014.[30] In a shocking upset, Davis lost the fight via doctor stoppage TKO.[31]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Davis made his Bellator Debut on March 21, 2013 at Bellator 93 against Waachiim Spiritwolf.[32] Unfortunately, the bout ended in a no contest when Davis hit Spiritwolf with an inadvertent knee to the groin in the first round and he could not continue.

Davis faced Alexander Sarnavskiy on September 27, 2013 at Bellator 101 in the Quarterfinals of Bellator's Season Nine Lightweight Tournament. He lost via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.

A comment was made via Marcus Davis' YouTube account that he would be retiring in 2014.[33]

Other media[edit]

Davis appeared on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's weekly television program Impact! and at the Lockdown pay-per-view event in April 2008 as Samoa Joe's personal trainer for his TNA World Heavyweight Championship match against Kurt Angle.[34] He also presented the winner of the match with the TNA Championship.[35] In November 2010, Davis received a Legislative Sentiment sponsored by State Representative Chris Greeley of Maine, for his success as a fighter and for the recognition and attention he's brought to both the state of Maine, and the sport of mixed martial arts as a whole. (Greeley started training with Davis and Team Irish in January 2011.)[citation needed] Davis also co-hosts a weekly radio program, Pull No Punches Radio, every Friday night. Also appeared on Season 2 of Doomsday Preppers as an MMA instructor for a Doomsday Prepper.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Davis is three times married and twice divorced. He has four children. Davis' family comes from Waterford, Ireland. Aside from fighting and boxing, Davis has managed bars, night clubs, and used to work as a bouncer.[36][37]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Boxing record[edit]

17 Wins (12 knockouts, 5 decisions), 1 Losses (1 knockouts), 2 Draws [38]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 17-1-2 Ed Bryant KO 6 October 13, 2000 Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 17-0-2 Genaro Andujar TKO 1 June 2, 2000 Boston, Massachusetts
Win 16-0-2 Tommy Attardo SD 6 April 28, 2000 Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 15-0-2 Richard Zola TKO 2 April 1, 2000 Boston, Massachusetts
Win 14-0-2 Randy McGee KO 1(6) March 17, 2000 Taunton, Massachusetts
Win 13-0-2 Hollister Elliott UD 8 July 31, 1999 Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 12-0-2 Tommy Attardo UD 6 May 21, 1999 Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 1-0 Luis Guzman TKO 2(4) April 23, 1993 Bangor, Maine

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 22–11 (1) Ryan Sanders TKO (doctor stoppage) NEF: Fight Night 12 February 8, 2014 1 5:00 Lewiston, Maine, United States
Loss 22–10 (1) Alexander Sarnavskiy Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 101 September 27, 2013 1 1:40 Portland, Oregon, United States Bellator Season Nine Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 22–9 (1) Darrius Heyliger Decision (unanimous) NEF: Fight Night 7 May 18, 2013 3 5:00 Lewiston, Maine, United States
NC 21–9 (1) Waachiim Spiritwolf NC (knee to the groin) Bellator 93 March 21, 2013 1 3:05 Lewiston, Maine, United States
Win 21–9 David Bielkheden Decision (unanimous) Superior Challenge 8 October 6, 2012 3 5:00 Malmö, Sweden
Loss 20–9 Chuck O'Neil Decision (split) W-1: Reloaded October 15, 2011 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 20–8 Travis Coyle Submission (guillotine choke) Global Fight League 13 September 23, 2011 1 1:07 Portland, Maine, United States
Win 19–8 Pete Spratt Decision (unanimous) MFC 30: Up Close & Personal June 10, 2011 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Return to Welterweight.
Win 18–8 Curtis Demarce Decision (split) MFC 29: Conquer April 8, 2011 3 5:00 Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Loss 17–8 Jeremy Stephens KO (punch) UFC 125 January 1, 2011 3 2:33 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lightweight debut.
Loss 17–7 Nate Diaz Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 118 August 28, 2010 3 4:02 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 17–6 Jonathan Goulet TKO (punches) UFC 113 May 8, 2010 2 1:23 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 16–6 Ben Saunders KO (knees) UFC 106 November 21, 2009 1 3:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 16–5 Dan Hardy Decision (split) UFC 99 June 13, 2009 3 5:00 Cologne, Germany
Win 16–4 Chris Lytle Decision (split) UFC 93 January 17, 2009 3 5:00 Dublin, Ireland Fight of the Night.
Win 15–4 Paul Kelly Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 89 October 18, 2008 2 2:16 Birmingham, England
Loss 14–4 Mike Swick Decision (unanimous) UFC 85 June 7, 2008 3 5:00 London, England
Win 14–3 Jess Liaudin KO (punch) UFC 80 January 19, 2008 1 1:04 Tyne and Wear, England
Win 13–3 Paul Taylor Submission (armbar) UFC 75 September 8, 2007 1 4:14 London, England Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night.
Win 12–3 Jason Tan KO (punch) UFC 72 June 16, 2007 1 1:15 Belfast, Northern Ireland Knockout of the Night.
Win 11–3 Pete Spratt Submission (achilles lock) UFC 69 April 7, 2007 2 2:57 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 10–3 Shonie Carter Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs. Riggs December 13, 2006 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Win 9–3 Forrest Petz Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night 6.5 October 10, 2006 1 4:58 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 8–3 Mike Vaughn Submission (armbar) Wild Bill's: Fight Night 4 September 8, 2006 1 4:14 Georgia, United States
Win 7–3 Jason Hathaway TKO (punches) Wild Bill's: Fight Night 3 July 14, 2006 1 1:19 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 6–3 Doug Gordon Decision (unanimous) CFFC 1 June 30, 2006 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–3 Craig Gunder Submission (guillotine choke) CZ 16 May 13, 2006 1 0:37 Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Win 4–3 Andy Normington Submission (neck crank) CZ 14 April 8, 2006 1 1:41 Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
Loss 3–3 Melvin Guillard TKO (doctor stoppage) The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale November 5, 2005 2 2:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Doctor stoppage due to cut.
Win 3–2 Renat Myzabekov Technical Submission (armbar) CZ 10 April 2, 2005 1 1:19 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 2–2 Shaun Gay TKO (punches) CZ 7 July 10, 2004 1 1:33 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 1–2 Nuri Shakir Submission (rear-naked choke) MMA: Eruption April 30, 2004 3 2:38 Lowell, Massachusetts, United States For Eruption Welterweight Championship[39]
Loss 1–1 Thiago Alves Decision (split) HFC 2 October 18, 2003 3 5:00 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 1–0 Shaun Gay TKO (punches) ISCF: Friday Night Fights August 22, 2003 1 2:09 Atlanta, Georgia, United States


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