Posted on: November 21, 2009 9:33 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2009 9:47 pm
Ben Saunders fights "The Irish Hand Grenade" Marcus Davis at welterweight.
Saunders is trying to rebound from his first UFC loss, which came at the hands of Mike Swick at UFC 99 in June. Davis is also on the rebound, having lost to Dan Hardy at UFC 99. Both guys like to stand and trade. There could be fireworks here.
Round 1: Davis comes in swinging and Saunders takes a Muay Thai clinch and starts crushing him with knees to the ribs. He destroyed Brandon Wolff that way a couple fights ago. Davis forces Saunders' back to the cage. Dirty boxing by Davis but Saunders is relentless with those knees from clinch. Davis is already bloody, but he's a bleeder anyway. Saunders with more knees from the clinch. Davis pushes off and they separate. Leg kick by Davis, followed by some fists. Saunders with another Muay Thai clinch. Saunders throws four more knees from the clinch, and the fourth one knocks Davis out.
A very big win for Saunders, and that is the first time in his 22 career fights that any opponent has knocked out Marcus Davis.
Winner: Ben Saunders defeats Marcus Davis via knockout due to a knee from the clinch at 3:24 of Round 1.
Posted on: June 13, 2009 3:11 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2009 3:39 pm
Up first is "The Irish Hand Grenade" Marcus Davis vs. "The Outlaw" Dan Hardy at welterweight. These guys aren't best buds. Hardy calls Davis a fake Irishman working a gimmick, and Davis says it's hypocritical for a dude with a multi-colored mohawk to criticize someone for gimmickry.
Let the fireworks begin.
Round 1: Davis with a body punch and a takedown attempt. He's got him bodylocked against the cage and is working left hands to the body and face, finally getting Hardy to the mat. Davis passes from half guard to full mount almost immediately and gets some ground and pound. Hardy struggles back into half guard. Davis passes guard and Hardy gives up his back. Davis controlling the arms, but doesn't have hooks in. Davis with a few right hands to the head and then he goes for a rear naked choke. Hardy finally gets back to his feet and now he's got Davis against the cage. Hardy mounts some offense, rocking Davis with an elbow and opening a cut. Round ends, and I'd give it to Davis 10-9.
Round 2: Both fighters looking for kicks. Davis throws a knee that misses. Davis with a left hand, Hardy blocks. They're trading fists now. Nice exchange with both guys landing some. Hardy catches Davis with a big knee and Davis is down. Hardy rushes in to finish with strikes, but Davis recovers enough to take full guard. Davis working for wrist control, and then he attempts an armbar. Hardy escapes the hold. Hardy lands some ground and pound but is having trouble posturing up since Davis is still threatening from his back. Davis with an elbow from the bottom. The referee stands them up. Davis with double underhooks, but can't get a takedown. Davis with a kick, then a left hand. Davis with a takedown. Davis passes to side control and does ground and pound to end the round. 10-9 Hardy based on the big knee that rocked Davis, although Davis certainly did well the rest of the round.
Round 3: Davis takes Hardy down immediately and works body punches from full guard. Davis is winning this fight every time it hits the canvas, so if he can stay busy there for a full round he could earn a decision. Davis working ground and pound, then he takes a foot lock. Hardy fights to escape it, and Davis switches to a heel hook. Hardy escapes to his feet and Davis clinches him against the fence. Hardy reverses Davis on the fence and gets a takedown of his own. Hardy with an elbow from the top. A series of right hands to Davis' face, and the ref separates them to check a cut on Davis' face. He's cut badly on the bridge of his nose. He's OK to fight, so the resume the battle. Hardy working hammerfists from the top. Referee stands them up again, and Davis's face is wrecked. Hardy with an inside leg kick. Hardy with a body kick and left hook. Davis tries for a takedown but the buzzer goes off. Great fight, but I give the last round to Hardy 10-9, and the decision to Hardy, 29-28. We'll see if the judges agree.
Winner: Dan Hardy defeats Marcus Davis via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) after three rounds.
Posted on: January 17, 2009 3:15 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2009 3:37 pm
First up is Chris Lytle vs. Marcus Davis, "The Irish Hand Grenade." The place just went totally nuts for Davis, who entered the cage to "Jump Around." This should be a good one.
Round 1: Lytle throws a wide right hand that momentarily staggers Davis, who recovers well. They clinch and exchange some close-range fists. The crowd is extremely loud, reacting to every shot and chanting. Davis with a body kick. Davis catches Lytle rushing in with a straight left. Lytle with an inside leg kick. Lytle whiffs on a right haymaker. Davis catches Lytle's leg on a body kick and rather than take him down, he throws him down and lets him back up. Lytle slips on an exchange and goes down, but he's not hurt. Lytle with a teep kick. Davis misses on a high kick. Lytle with a nice body kick to the right side. Lytle rushes in at the end of the round with a couple of fists. I'd judge the round 10-9 Lytle, but it's a pretty even fight.
Round 2: Davis has welts on his body from Lytle's kicks. Lytle rushes in with a flurry of fists, and Davis literally runs the other direction to escape. Davis with a body shot and Lytle goes to the mat, but Davis wants him back up. Lytle unloads with fists and mixes in some knees that don't connect well. Davis with a straight right. Lytle takes a couple wild swings and misses both, and Davis tags him with a jab for good measure. The audience enjoyed that. Lytle sets up a wild uppercut with a leg kick, but doesn't connect. Lytle with a straight right, and Davis with one of his own. Davis lands a nice knee to the face after a punch combo. Lytle clinches Davis against the fence and tries to work the body but Davis gets away. The round ends, and Lytle is now bleeding from the mouth. 10-9 Lytle again based on aggression and the fact that the striking is about even, with Davis perhaps a little worse for wear.
Round 3: Davis' nose is a mess and Lytle has a fat lip. Davis is getting in close to try for some combinations and to avoid those kicks. They exchange fists and high-five each other afterward. Davis catches a body kick, then throws a kick that Lytle ducks. Lytle swings wildly again and can't find the mark. They trade body kicks. Davis is starting to throw more counterstrikes and out-technique Lytle with his looping swings. Davis with a body kick followed by a knee to the ribs. With 90 seconds left, both men open up and tag each other with a number of strikes to the face and ribs. Lytle and Davis both have swelling on their faces. Davis lands a nice knee to the body after ducking Lytle's fist, then the fighters finish the round with a last-second exchange. Good fight. I give the third round to Davis, 10-9, who seemed to finally figure out Lytle's technique well enough to out-finesse him. By my scoring, the fight goes to Lytle, 29-28, but it could go either way.
Winner: Marcus Davis defeats Chris Lytle via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) after three rounds.
Joe Rogan asks Davis what it's like to fulfill his dream of fighting in Dublin, Ireland, and getting a big win, and Davis needs a minute to hold back the tears before answering. He thanked God, and the UFC for the opportunity.
Posted on: June 7, 2008 4:13 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2008 4:45 pm
Marcus Davis vs. Mike Swick is up next.
Round 1: Swick throws several head kicks and tries a flying knee. Davis initiates a clinch. Takedown attempt by Davis but he can't finish it. Davis tries a guillotine. Swick ends up in Davis' full guard. Swick passes for side control but Davis quickly takes full guard again. Swick now working from half guard, with Davis against the cage. Swick does some ground and pound. Davis is bleeding, but he's an easy bleeder so that's not a major turn of events. The round ends with both guys in virtually the same spot, both working hard but neither doing any major damage. 10-9 Swick.
Round 2: Davis lands a right and Swick smiles at him. Swick answers with two consecutive right head kicks and a knee. He takes Davis down again and Davis takes full guard. Swick passes guard for side control. Swick tries for a mount and winds up giving Davis half guard. Davis grabs the right arm and tries for a kimura. He gets enough leverage to spin out from under Swick and get to his feet. Swick with a knee. Davis answers with a right hand. Davis clinches Swick against the cage. Both men landing knees to the body and Davis is mixing in some dirty boxing uppercuts. Davis gets Swick down and Swick tries a triangle, but Davis slips out. Swick back to his feet and forces Davis to his back, and the round ends. Close round, but I'll give it to Swick again, 10-9, based on better control.
Round 3: They stand up again and the pace has considerably slowed. Davis needs a big finish here. They're working against the cage, but neither is accomplishing much. Davis with a takedown, and Swick is right back to his feet. Swick gets Davis down and works more ground and pound, with Davis bleeding more. Swick and Davis hammer away for the last ten seconds of the fight but neither finishes. Swick was deducted a point for grabbing the fence, but it probably won't make a difference. Swick 10-9, and it should be a unanimous decision.
Winner: Mike Swick defeated Marcus Davis via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) after three rounds.
The fight marks the end of Davis' 11-fight win streak.
Posted on: January 19, 2008 3:43 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2008 3:54 pm
Jess Liaudin vs. Marcus Davis is next up at welterweight.
Round 1: Good lord. Liaudin came out with some leg and high kicks, and then Davis sees an opening, steps forward with a left hand, and Liaudin flattened out like a board. Liaudin is completely out. Total highlight-reel stuff.
Winner: Marcus Davis defeated Jess Liaudin via KO due to a left hand at 1:04 of Round 1.