After being submitted by Nate Diaz at UFC 118 this past August – his third loss in four bouts – Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis announced he would be trying his luck at 155-pounds in hopes of entering the cage on the right side of a size advantage. It now appears the former professional boxer has an opponent and date for his divisional debut.
According to sources close to the match-up, Davis will face Jeremy Stephens on January 1st at UFC 125 in Las Vegas. News of the rumored pairing was first reported by MMAJunkie.
The 18-6 Stephens is coming off a semi-controversial, split-decision loss to Melvin Guillard at UFC 119 in late September. Fourteen of Stephens’ total victories have come by way of strikes, meaning the two stand-up savvy competitors should undoubtedly deliver fireworks in the ring worthy of the holiday’s celebratory nature when they lock horns at the event.
Davis, a former professional boxer, is 17-7 in his MMA career and was the last person to beat tough-as-nails welterweight Chris Lytle. The Northeasterner went 9-4 uring his stint in the UFC at 170-pounds, including hard-fought decision losses to Mike Swick and Dan Hardy.