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Marcus Davis rumored for lightweight debut on New Year’s Day

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.

  • Creature says:

    i have always been a big fan of marcus davis and have great respect 4 his skills. i hope he can find a way 2 get back 2 his winning ways and get his career back on track

  • Rich S. says:

    If Davis is going to get another win in the UFC, this is the way to do it. Give him another brawler. Stephens is a hard-hitter but if Davis can make him play his game, he can win. Still, I would probably pick Stephens to win.

  • I’m a Marcus Fan and just have to say that even at the 155lb level he is in for some seriously tough competition. Marcus is getting old and there is a lot of young strong talent at 155 that is for surely more well rounded than Marcus .

  • And oh ya. I pick Stephens to win..sorry Marcus.

  • Dufresne says:

    I’m just hoping that Marcus has gotten some of that scar tissue and/or bone removed from around his brows and cheeks. It seems like the moment anyone breathes on him he starts bleeding which is not only annoying and can affect vision, it can swing judges’ perception of how a fight went.

    For this fight I’m hoping Marcus can pull of the win, but I don’t really think he will. This is his first time at 155 so I’m expecting the cut to be a bit rough on him; he’s 37 and doesn’t have the wrestling pedigree that seems to help limit problems from weight cutting. He’s also going against a pretty tough guy who’s both younger and has spent his entire career at this weightclass.
    And it’s not exactly like Stephens has been pampered in his MMA career. His last 5 losses have been to Guillard, Gleison Tibau, Joe Lauzon, Spencer Fisher and Din Thomas and he’s beaten a pretty solid list of guys as well.
    Stephens via UD.

  • MCM says:

    I think he’s gonna take the Dec on this one. Sure he’s in his late 30’s, but he said he’s not looking to get into title contention. He just wants fun, competitive fights. And I think he will be very competitive in the LW division.
    I don’t see how Lil’ Heathen is gonna give him much trouble either. His biggest win is a split dec. against Sam Stout. Marcus is a much more well rounded fighterl. Everyone thinks of him as a pure striker but the guy has more submission wins than anything. And is not only comfortable but dangerous where ever the fight goes.
    I’d love to see him in there with Sherk, Pellegrino, and Dunham just to name a few. Like I said, his title runs may be over, but it’s not inconceivable to see him in the top ten.


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