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Former UFC welterweight Marcus Davis is looking to end his career as a Bellator lightweight. “The Irish Hand Grenade” will take part in the promotion’s lightweight tournament this September.

It’s been over two years since Marcus Davis last fought in the UFC. Once a crowd favorite at welterweight, known for his iron chin and back-and-forth brawls, Davis lost 4 out of 5 fights (including 2 by KO) and found himself out of the UFC. “The Irish Hand Grenade” has had so-so results since his release, including a horrible KO loss in a kickboxing match, and a decision win over Pete Spratt. The 39-year-old signed with Bellator this year and debuted recently in his home state of Maine against Waachim Spiritwolf. Unfortunately, participating in a Spiritwolf fight is grounds for chaos by default, and an accidental knee to the groin led to a no-contest.

Davis (21-9, 1 NC) is scheduled to fight (at 170 lbs) on a regional show in Maine later this month, but after that he has his sights set on a run at the Bellator lightweight tournament. In an interview with the Bangor Daily News, Davis had this to say about his new Bellator contract:

“It really just came about,” said Davis. “They said they thought I was valuable to the company and fit well with them. I told them what my goals and plans were as far as fighting goes, and we came to an agreement.

“This contract is not fight based, but more time based. I’m looking at a couple of years, but I’m taking it fight by fight right now and just going by how I feel. Right now I’ve never felt healthier.”

“I will retire with Bellator. I’m going to finish my career with Bellator, that’s where I feel like I really belong at this point,” said Davis. “My career really started with Spike TV [which airs Bellator shows], they were the ones that really pushed me early on.”

The winner of the eight-man tournament this fall will earn a title shot against the lightweight champion. Current champion Michael Chandler has two title defenses coming up against Dave Jansen and David Rickels.

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Marcus Davis, who sustained a horrific eye injury during a submission loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 118 in front of his local supporters on Aug, 28, 2010, today issued the following statement regarding his performance (via the Press Herald):

“I am now home resting with my family. I want to thank all the people who supported me and all the people with team Irish MMA, team Gurgel, and team Sityodtong for all the help preparing for the match. I left the fight in the puddles of sweat on the floor of Sityodtong. I was over trained and never took the rest to recuperate that I should have. Within minutes of the first round my legs felt like I had just ran a marathon and they never came back. Today my thighs feel as though I spent the weekend lifting weights. I am known to have good footwork but had none that night. The accidental head clashes caused most of the damage to the right side of my face and eye. I have three lacerations, two over the right eye and one under it. My CAT scan came back good. No brakes or fractures. The eye itself is being looked at. I had my second appointment today and my next one is in a week. Although I’m having some cloudy vision it is much better than it was initially and with rest it should return to 100 percent. I apologize to my supporters, team, friends and sponsors for not performing to my full potential. Being recognized for fight of the night honors is great and that’s why I fight — to entertain — but I wish I could have done so the way I have done in previous fights. Thank you again.”

Anyone in their right mind think the gutsy “Irish Hand Grenade” has anything to apologize for after putting on the “Fight of the Night”?

The “Irish Hand Grenade” got his wish to fight in Beantown.

Not long after Marcus Davis (17-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) told MMAjunkie.com Radio that UFC officials were trying to get him a spot on the UFC 118 fight card, Nate Diaz (12-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) has answered the call to fight him at the East Coast event.

Sources close to the promotion today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the two have verbally agreed to the fight with bout agreements expected to be signed shortly.

UFC 118 is expected to take place Aug. 28 at Boston’s TD Garden; it’ll be the first UFC event to be held in Massachusetts since the sport received official sanctioning earlier this year. A lightweight title rematch between newly minted champion Frankie Edgar and former champion B.J. Penn headlines the event.

The bout could air on Spike TV, which has become a home for televised preliminary-card fights leading into UFC pay-per-view cards. Ten of the “UFC Prelims” specials are contracted for 2010, though the UFC and Spike TV have not announced if such a special will coincide with the event.

Diaz recently rubbed shoulders with controversy for his role in an April 17 melee at “Strikeforce: Nashville.” He was seen in the midst of a swarm that erupted after middleweight Jason “Mayhem” Miller called out Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields in the wake of Shields’ victory over Dan Henderson at the April 17 event.

Six people who participated in the CBS-televised brawl await possible suspension and/or fines from the Tennessee Athletic Commission, though their names have yet to be officially released. A commission meeting scheduled for Thursday in Nashville was delayed by massive flooding that’s submerged much of the city’s downtown area. The meeting tentatively has been rescheduled for May 27.

If Diaz is held responsible for his part in the brawl, the TAC could fine him up to $250,000, though he could appeal the fine and delay its enactment.

Davis, 36, is fresh off a victory against Jonathan Goulet at this past Saturday’s UFC 113 event. The May 8 win reversed a two-fight slide to division standouts Mike Swick and Ben Saunders and bought some job security.

The former pro boxer credited his UFC 113 win to a new pre-fight nutritional and workout regimen that places less emphasis on weight-cutting and weight-lifting.

“I cut out the weight-cutting and didn’t get tired,” Davis said. “When I came back out for the second (round), I felt like I did when I came out for the first. It allows me to train a lot harder right up until the last weeks of the fight instead of needing to take off more time to rest because of the diet change … from 4,000 calories to just under 2,000.”

With the quick turnaround, Davis plans to stay on his diet and in the gym.

Diaz, 25, announced his move to welterweight with an emphatic win over Rory Markham at UFC 111 in March. After serving the bulk of his career at lightweight, the Cesar Gracie-trained fighter recently told MMAjunkie.com he had little desire to continue fighting in the division unless the UFC made it worth his while.

“I can get bigger easier or I can get smaller easier, but I’ve been dieting for the last six years, and I’m getting [expletive] fed up with it, going in there not having enough energy,” Diaz said. “I’m running off no fuel, going off of vegetables and fruits. It’s hit or miss.”

Diaz’s decision was prompted in part by a decision loss to Gray Maynard in January that may have cost him a contender spot in the 155-pound division.

Following his winning run on “The Ultimate Fighter 5,” Diaz racked up four consecutive victories before he lost two hotly contested decisions to division standouts Clay Guida and Joe Stevenson.

Jonathan Goulet (22-11) released from the UFC after losing to Marcus Davis at UFC 113: “Machida vs. Shogun II” on May 8. It was “The Road Warrior’s” second straight loss inside the Octagon.

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For those of you who are not familiar with my Who’s On The Hot Seat columns, I will give you a little information on how it works. I take a look at the fight card of each and every UFC event and go over those fighters who may be in jeopardy of losing their job if they happen to lose. It’s that simple.

Joe Doerksen

The only reason Doerksen is even on this card is because David Loiseau was unable to get licensed in time to replace the injured Tim Credeur. Doerksen is a veteran of 56 mixed martial arts bouts and has won 44 of them. If you happen to take a look at his UFC record you will see that he is 1-5. If he happens to win here, he’ll likely get one more fight, but a win is highly unlikely.

Marcus Davis

I hate to say this because I have always liked Davis. He’s a guy who got a late start in the sport and made a pretty good career for himself. He will be 37 years old in August and he is coming off of a knockout loss for the first time in his career. That loss was preceeded by the Dan Hardy meltdown. A third loss in a row will more than likely spell impending doom for the “Irish Hand Grenade.” That wouldn’t be so bad as he’s collected a total of four bonus checks in his 12 career UFC fights.

Jonathan Goulet

This bout will be only Goulet’s third in the past two years. The last time he fought he was knocked out by Mike Swick in 33 seconds, but that was 18 months ago. The biggest reason he is on here is because he is Canadian. Anything but a win here and he will be fired before Wednesday of next week.

Tim Hague

I actually like Hague. A buddy of mine interviewed him and reiterated a lot of what was said about him by Todd Duffee when I spoke to him following their bout. I respect that he took his last loss and didn’t complain. The judges that were watching his bout with Chris Tuchscherer must have been watching a different fight than I was because I thought Hague clearly won. It doesn’t make a difference how nice he is or whether or not fans believe he won his last bout, when it comes down to it, the UFC wants to see wins. If you can’t pile up some victories then you will not keep your spot. Must win here for Hague.

Yoshiyuki Yoshida

Yoshida is 2-2 in the UFC and both of those losses have been by brutal knockout.  A second loss in a row should be Yoshida’s ticket back to Japan. He is one of those guys who can hang with the mid-tier talent but seems to get smashed when he faces a solid opponent. To me he seems a bit undersized and would fare better against the smaller Japanese welterweights.

Mike Guymon

Want to know the best way to lose your job in the UFC? Lose your first two fights in the organization. Guymon lasted a little under a round with Rory MacDonald in January at UFC Fight Night 20. An interesting fact about Guymon: he left a note for his family telling them he was going to shoot himself over an impending divorce with his wife. The cops found him and even though he tried his hardest to get them to shoot him, they finally subdued him. He has battled back and made it to the pinnacle of MMA.

Jason MacDonald

“The Athlete” is back in the UFC. MacDonald is a guy who will always put on a good performance. He took a beating from Rich Franklin and lasted a lot longer than I thought he would. He owns a respectable 5-5 record in the UFC and had a good grappling bout with Demian Maia at UFC 87 back in August of 2008. This is his last shot. If he loses here the UFC will look elsewhere when looking to fill a void on a Canadian card.

John Salter

See Mike Guymon without the suicide attempt. It’s really difficult to keep your spot in the UFC when you come out losing your first two bouts. At 25 years old and with a solid background in wrestling and grappling maybe the UFC gives him one more shot but he would have to put on one hell of a performance on Saturday night.

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Quoteworthy:

“Yeah I saw [the AIDS tweet]. I laughed. I think he needs to chill out a bit. I think more than anything it is Davis getting to Davis now. I think he needs to see it for what it was and just chill out a bit. It was all meant in good humor, I didn’t say anything malicious or do anything malicious. It was all funny stuff, like the photoshops and the plastic paddy thing. It was just like a back and forward you’d get between mates in our gym any day of the week.”

— UFC number one welterweight contender Dan Hardy is unfazed by the verbal attacks from former foe Marcus Davis, who Tweeted that he wanted “The Outlaw” to die of AIDS. After coming under fire for the remarks, which were in response to Hardy’s call for homoerotic photos of Davis from the blogosphere, Davis quickly amended his death wish from AIDS to “Hit by a car.” Like Frank Mir, “The Irish Hand Grenade” seems overly obsessed with a specific loss and has turned the normally fun trash-talking game into a public relations nightmare. Why doesn’t Davis just “chill out” like Hardy says and move on? Opinions?