Marcus Davis

Marcus Davis
Born August 24, 1973 (1973-08-24) (age 38)
Houlton, Maine, United States
Other names Irish Hand Grenade
The Celtic Warrior
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 156 lb (71 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 70.0 inches
Style Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu , Kickboxing
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Bangor, Maine
Team Team Sityodtong
Years active 2003–present (MMA)
Professional boxing record
Total 20
Wins 17
By knockout 12
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Draws 2
Mixed martial arts record
Total 29
Wins 20
By knockout 6
By submission 9
By decision 5
Losses 9
By knockout 3
By submission 2
By decision 4
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 an Irish-American mixed martial artist.[1] He currently fights as a welterweight. He was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 2 on Spike TV. He holds notable wins over Chris Lytle, Paul Taylor, Jonathan Goulet, and Shonie Carter.


Early life

Davis was born in Houlton, Maine. His family comes from Waterford, Ireland.[1]


Boxing career

Marcus began boxing at 14. At the age of 19 Davis began his career with a second round TKO of Luis Guzman in April 1993. He 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.[2] 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.[3]

Martial arts background

Prior to boxing, Marcus did martial arts from the age of eight.[4] In 1995, Davis, then based in Massachusetts, started grappling training 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 Tim joined Miletich Fighting Systems in 2000, Marcus quickly followed. More recently, he has trained with Mark Dellagrotte and his own team in Bangor, Team Sityodtong.[5] He also frequently visits Jorge Gurgel's main MMA academy in West Chester, Ohio.[citation needed]

Mixed martial arts career

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

Ultimate Fighting Championship

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 10 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. He has subsequently bounced back with 11 wins, including a triumphant return to the UFC at Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter. He now considers himself a mixed martial artist and not a boxer fighting in MMA.

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 (Marcus Davis decisively won the first 2 rounds, while Dan Hardy dominated the third (and final) round). 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 technical knockout 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 at UFC 125. After a back and forth fight which saw Davis getting most of the judges score,Davis was knocked out by a counter right hook at 2:33 of the third round.

Maximum Fighting Championships

On January 6, it was announced that Davis had been released by the UFC after losing four out of his last five bouts.[17] It was announced that Davis signed a contract with the Maximum Fighting Championship company, and has been rumored for a fight at MFC 29 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Davis signed on to fight Curtis Demarce at MFC 29,[18] and 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.

Global Fight League

Davis was scheduled to face Josh Hersey on September 23rd at Global Fight League 13: Heavy Hitters in Portland, Maine.[19] but Hersey pulled out of the bout for unknown reasons 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 15th, 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. Davis lost by split decision.[23][24]

Other media

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.[25] He also presented the winner of the match with the TNA Championship.[26] 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, and mixed martial arts as a whole. (Greeley started training with Davis and Team Irish in January of 2011.)[citation needed]

Personal life

Davis is twice married and twice divorced. He has four children, Monica, Alexis, Emma, and Duncan.[27] Davis has a fiancé.[28]

Championships and Accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20-9 United States Chuck O'Neil Decision (split) W-1 Reloaded 02011-10-15 October 15, 2011 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 20-8 United States Travis Coyle Submission (guillotine choke) Global Fight League 13: Heavy Hitters 02011-09-23 September 23, 2011 1 1:07 Portland, Maine, United States
Win 19-8 United States Pete Spratt Decision (unanimous) MFC 30 02011-06-10 June 10, 2011 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Return to Welterweight
Win 18–8 Canada Curtis Demarce Decision (split) MFC 29: Conquer 02011-04-08 April 8, 2011 3 5:00 Windsor, Ontario, Canada MFC Debut
Loss 17–8 United States Jeremy Stephens KO (punch) UFC 125 02011-01-01 January 1, 2011 3 2:33 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lightweight debut; Cut from the UFC
Loss 17–7 United States Nate Diaz Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 118 02010-08-28 August 28, 2010 3 4:02 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Fight of the Night
Win 17–6 Canada Jonathan Goulet TKO (punches) UFC 113 02010-05-08 May 8, 2010 2 1:23 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 16–6 United States Ben Saunders KO (knees) UFC 106 02009-11-21 November 21, 2009 1 3:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 16–5 England Dan Hardy Decision (split) UFC 99 02009-06-13 June 13, 2009 3 5:00 Cologne, Germany
Win 16–4 United States Chris Lytle Decision (split) UFC 93 02009-01-17 January 17, 2009 3 5:00 Dublin, Ireland Fight of the Night
Win 15–4 England Paul Kelly Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 89 02008-10-18 October 18, 2008 2 2:16 Birmingham, England
Loss 14–4 United States Mike Swick Decision (unanimous) UFC 85 02008-06-07 June 7, 2008 3 5:00 London, England
Win 14–3 France Jess Liaudin KO (punch) UFC 80 02008-01-19 January 19, 2008 1 1:04 Newcastle, England
Win 13–3 England Paul Taylor Submission (armbar) UFC 75 02007-09-08 September 8, 2007 1 4:14 London, England Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night
Win 12–3 England Jason Tan KO (punch) UFC 72 02007-06-16 June 16, 2007 1 1:15 Belfast, Northern Ireland Knockout of the Night
Win 11–3 United States Pete Spratt Submission (achilles lock) UFC 69 02007-04-07 April 7, 2007 2 2:57 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 10–3 United States Shonie Carter Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night 7 02006-12-13 December 13, 2006 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Win 9–3 United States Forrest Petz Submission (guillotine choke) Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter 02006-10-10 October 10, 2006 1 4:58 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 8–3 United States Mike Vaughn Submission (armbar) Wild Bill's – Fight Night 4 02006-09-08 September 8, 2006 1 4:14 Georgia, United States
Win 7–3 United States Jason Hathaway TKO Wild Bill's – Fight Night 3 02006-07-14 July 14, 2006 1 N/A Georgia, United States
Win 6–3 United States Doug Gordon Decision (unanimous) CFFC 1 – Cage Fury Fighting Championships 1 02006-06-30 June 30, 2006 3 5:00 New Jersey, United States
Win 5–3 United States Craig Gunder Submission (guillotine choke) CZ 16 – In the Cage 2 02006-05-13 May 13, 2006 1 0:37 New Hampshire, United States
Win 4–3 United States Andy Normington Submission (neck crank) CZ 14 – In the Cage 02006-04-08 April 8, 2006 1 1:41 New Hampshire, United States
Loss 3–3 United States Melvin Guillard TKO (cut) The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale 02005-11-05 November 5, 2005 2 2:55 Nevada, United States
Win 3–2 Kazakhstan Renat Myzabekov Technical Submission (armbar) CZ 10 – Ground War 02005-04-02 April 2, 2005 1 1:19 Massachusetts, United States
Win 2–2 United States Shawn Gay TKO CZ 7 – Gravel Pit 02004-07-10 July 10, 2004 1 1:33 Massachusetts, United States
Loss 1–2 United States Nuri Shakir Submission (rear naked choke) MMA – Eruption 02004-04-30 April 30, 2004 3 2:38 Massachusetts, United States
Loss 1–1 Brazil Thiago Alves Decision (split) HFC 2 – Hardcore Fighting Championships 2 02003-10-18 October 18, 2003 3 5:00 Massachusetts, United States
Win 1–0 United States Shawn Gay TKO ISCF – Friday Night Fights 02003-08-22 August 22, 2003 1 2:09 Georgia, United States


17 Wins (12 knockouts, 5 decisions), 1 Losses (1 knockouts), 2 Draws [29]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 17-1-2 Ed Bryant TKO 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


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