http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/inside_the_octagon/index.php/2010/04/12/davis-ready-to-fight-weighs-his-options/Davis ready to fight, weighs his options
Marcus Davis feels a lot lighter on his feet these days.
Coming off two losses in a row, the 36-year-old was in need of a change. So Davis is focusing less on the weight room, a decision he hopes will lead to a successful 2010.
The native of Bangor, Maine, feels he is in the best shape of his life.
“It’s weird for me because normally I walk around at 205 and right now I’m 180 pounds,” Davis said recently. “I’m probably about 180 pounds five days before the fight. So I’m in really good shape.”
After competing on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, Davis became one of the most improved fighters to grace the UFC. Since 2006, he is 8-3 inside the Octagon. However, he has lost three of his last five fights.
“I’m staying off the weights and that’s one thing that’s been a problem.” Davis said. “Every time I’ve been fighting people I’ve always, depending on who it was, jumped on the weights. And every fight I’ve ever lost I’ve been using the weights.
“The (Mike) Swick fight I actually got injured because of weightlifting. The Dan Hardy fight I did a lot of weight training and I still think I won that fight, but whatever. And my last fight I did a lot of weight training. So I’m giving that stuff up. I’m not doing it anymore and just sticking to plyometrics, isometric training and my fight training.”
Davis, who trains out of the Somerville-based Sityodtong gym, has lofty goals for the year. He is scheduled to fight Jonathan Goulet at UFC 113 in May, and hopes to finish out his contract and fight a total of four times before 2011.
“I want to go through ‘10 and not lose a fight. That’s my goal. I want to have four fights in 2010,’‘ he said.
Davis will turn 37 in August and though fighters like Randy Couture and Mark Coleman are fighting well into their 40’s, he has no plans to do so. He’s already planning out a post-fighting future. He owns two Team Irish mixed martial arts gyms in Maine, has done fight analyst work and owns a clothing business.
“I have no interest in fighting into my 40’s. I’m not going to be that one-dimensional fighter that takes all of his money and blows it,” he said. “I still live in Bangor, Maine. I live a modest lifestyle. I learned from being a boxer and watching what happened to boxers.”
Though he wouldn’t say for sure, 2010 could be the final fight year for “The Irish Hand Grenade.”
“I’m going to finish out this contract, get my four fights through and then talk to my family and see what happens,” said Davis. “That’s what crazy about this, I could win four fights and get a title shot. You just don’t know what’s going to happen. Then I’ll talk to my family and figure out if I should keep on going or not.”
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