Another veteran of the UFC has today been given his marching orders. Marcus Davis will follow the likes of Brandon Vera, Phil Baroni and Antonio McKee out of the promotion following their recent defeats at UFC 125 on New Years Day.
At one point ‘The Irish Hand-Grenade’ was seen as one of the toughest fighters in the welterweight division, going 8-1 in the UFC in a two year period between October of 2006-2008.
The former boxer’s form began to dip after that however. The start of his downfall happened when he was paired with the cocky, outspoken Dan Hardy in 2009 who had clearly managed to get under his skin pre-fight with his trash-talking, and then defeated him by split decision.
Davis took the defeat badly and then matters went from bad to worse when he then suffered the first KO loss of his MMA career to Ben Saunders in his next fight.
A win over Jonathan Goulet then gave him a brief respite, before slumped to another defeat against Nate Diaz. He tried to arrest his rapid descent by dropping to 155lbs for his fight at UFC 125 with Jeremy Stephens, and for much of the three rounds it looked to be paying off, until out-of-the-blue his opponent connected with a punch that knocked him out.
With only one win in his last five fights the writing was on the wall for the 37 year-old and he now leaves the UFC with an 8-5 octagon record, 17-8 for his career overall.
The multiple-time ‘Fight Of The Night’ winner does not intend to retire though, and will now look to continue his career at lightweight elsewhere in 2011.