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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-26-2011, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Zach Davis Trying to Return

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As seen in Wednesday's new episode, Davis lost his fight to Chuck O'Neil in the quarterfinal round of the reality-show tournament.

But a far more devastating blow was dealt to his career when a UFC doctor discovered tears in both his retinas after the bout and opted to perform immediate corrective surgery. Afterward, the doctor said he'd never fight again.

Now months after the show's filming, Davis today told ( that the UFC wanted him to appear on the show's finale, which takes place June 4 in Las Vegas. But an approval to fight from his personal doctor in Maryland could not get him clearance from the UFC.

"The UFC's doctor kind of outranked my doctor," Davis said.

The 26-year-old now said he needs a second doctor to clear him before the promotion will consider reversing its decision.

"I'm not out of the company," Davis said. "They'll still find a spot for me. But until that happens, I can't (fight). It's looking like I can't. The doctor's pretty adamant."

It's actually the second time Davis has torn his retina. The fighter said he sustained the injury two years ago fighting at a regional event and was told to retire after having it fixed. But he was cleared to fight once again, and he resumed his career.

"So I kind of felt like I was on borrowed time," Davis said.
1) I want an "Ask the Doc" article on MMAJunkie about this to see the pros and cons.

2) I admire his spunk, but if he hasn't been training, I think he'd be stepping into a mauling at the season finale'. No, the article doesn't say he's been inactive, but I would imagine he's been taking it easy since TUF.

It's an interesting question w/ a lot to consider on both sides of this coin. Wish him the best, no matter which he chooses.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-26-2011, 11:28 PM
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Yeah this is a tough spot for the guy. I think anyone in this situation needs to seriously get good medical review and advice, and let that drive the decision. He needs to remove the "desire factor" from the decision making, as hard as that may be to do. Even a dream career shouldn't be at the cost of his eyesight that is for sure. Really sad, but really serious too. Don't mess with losing eyesight, there are other ways to stay involved with the fight game without getting hit in the eyes.
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He sould retire imo.
Itīs the 2nd time he has this problem and he wonīt be able to fulfill his dream if heīs blind anyway...

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He should hang em up. But I mean it is his dream maybe he's willing to risk his eye sight to be a champ.
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dont do it kid its not worth losing your vision forever, and no offense you cant compete with many if any ufc welterweights

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Very very sad story. As hard as it is, he should hang up his gloves, if he carries on not only can he not fight he can't see, not worth risking it.

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agree. he shouldnnt fight. especially this being the second time this has happened. third time wont be a charm.
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