Marcus Davis: Fighting is who I am

 

Jack Brown Interview #20 – Marcus Davis – March, 2013

This is number twenty in Jack Brown’s series of interviews with MMA fighters and personalities, and for this particular interview, we’re pleased to feature the veteran MMA fighter and boxer, the “Irish Hand Grenade,” Marcus Davis.  Davis, a native of Maine, has had a long and successful fighting career.  But he’s not done yet.  This Thursday, he’ll be making his promotional debut on the main card of Bellator 93, in Lewiston, Maine.  Davis will be fighting at welterweight and facing another veteran, Waachiim Spiritwolf.  Please enjoy our conversation below.

Jack Brown: What was your first experience with martial arts/combat sports and how did it become more than just a hobby for you?

Marcus Davis: I was eight years old, and my mother put me in traditional karate because there were no boxing gyms in town.  My grandfather was a great pro boxer and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.  By age fourteen, I had my first amateur boxing match.

JB: You were a successful professional boxer long before you entered MMA.  What was your most satisfying win boxing?

MD: My most satisfying win was against Joe LaRoux, for two reasons.  He was undefeated at the time and I was also in a fight with his management then, and because it was in the old Boston Garden right before they demolished it and turned it into the Fleet Center.

JB:  Your first professional MMA fight was a TKO win back in 2003. What do you recall about that fight?

MD: I had around six to nine MMA fights early in my career that never made it on a registry.  My first two MMA fights were at heavyweight.  Then I started to head down to welterweight.  I think you may be asking about the Shaun Gay fight.  All I really remember was it was in Atlanta, Georgia.  I remember I was with Team Miletich at the time and Pat was cornering me.  I remember punching him and tackling him to the ground, and I grounded and pounded him until both the towel came in and the ref stopped the match.

JB:  You originally entered the UFC through the second season of The Ultimate Fighter.  What did being part of that show do for you personally and professionally?

MD: It opened up the opportunity to train places where I wouldn't have been able to train at before.  I met Jorge Gurgel and we became very close friends and he shared a lot about jiu-jitsu with me.

JB: After fighting on the TUF 2 finale, you returned to the UFC in 2006 and then went 6-0 in your first six fights back in the promotion.  What contributed to your success at that point in your career?

MD: I stopped striking for close to six months and only grappled during that time.  I filled some holes that were in my game and became more confident in MMA.

JB: Your overall MMA record is 21-9, your UFC record is 9-6 (with a bunch of "of the night" bonuses), and you fought a lot of tough guys in multiple weight classes.  What performances were your most satisfying and are there any previous opponents that you'd like to rematch?

MD: As a fighter you want every fight back you ever lost.  As far as the most memorable for me, it was fighting Chris Lytle in Dublin, Ireland.

JB: We last saw you in the octagon back in early 2011.  You've gone 4-1 in MMA since then, and are now a part of Bellator.  What has this part of your career been like for you and who has been especially supportive?

MD: It's been great as of recently.  The pressure is off.  I feel healthy, and I've got the support of my wife and kids, and my team and friends.  I couldn't ask for more.  I am happy.

JB: What current MMA fighters do you have the most respect and admiration for, and who are the fighters out there that you would still like to fight?

MD: I've been a Cro Cop fan and was happy to see him win the K1 GP this past week.  I admire those who fight with their hearts and treat everyone, both in and out of the sport, with respect until they are disrespected.  I don't get the ego, “I'm an MMA fighter” thing.  It's silly.  As far as fighters I would still like to fight, well I'm in a different place now and tore up my ninja death squad list a year ago.  I let that stuff go.  Too much else is in my life to worry about and fight for.

JB:  You've been a fighter almost all of your life.  What other plans or goals do you have for the future?

MD: In the future I will be involved with MMA, whether it be my school, training, managing and/or promoting.

JB:  Last question, Marcus, and thanks for taking the time to do this.  What does it mean to you to be a fighter and how much do you enjoy it?

MD: It really is just who I am, a part of me.  I don't know another way to be.  I'm thankful for the opportunities I've had.  I hold nothing but love for the sport and the fans that spend their time and hard-earned money to support the sport that has cared for my family.


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#10 Joe Proctor and Daron Cruickshank
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#14 Jimmy Smith
#15 Phil Baroni
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Hammerfister site profile image  

3/22/13 12:29 PM by Hammerfister

Better luck in the rematch, Marcus.

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3/18/13 7:32 PM by Hammerfister

Read some more from the series and let me know what you think via Twitter. Thanks, Jack

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3/18/13 6:26 PM by Carson's Corner radio show

Hammerfister (lol), YMMV of course, but I actually think asking respectfully incisive questions goes a long way to 'capturing the subject's voice' by giving them the opportunity to speak on specific important incidents from their career and how those may have affected them; through my own experience writing 500+ MMA and combat sports interviews, that's how it's seemed to play out (pretty much). Anyway, keep 'em coming - I would never try to dissuade anyone from publishing quality MMA material, and I personally have always preferred written interviews that I can read at cyborg (or at least Trapjaw) speed over this newfangled video thing that all the kids keep talking about!  

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3/18/13 2:31 PM by Hammerfister

I don't take offense. Because I'm doing many, many interviews, there are certain common questions that I like as a point of comparison. I'm also limiting myself by sticking to ten questions. I do prefer to keep things positive on my end, and I'm sorry if that disappoints anyone. But more than anything else, I want the interviews to capture the subject's voice and not blare you with my own. I have my blogs for that. Thanks for reading and commenting, Jack

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3/18/13 11:07 AM by Carson's Corner radio show

My hopefully constructive criticism for this interview: IMO there were a few missed opportunities for questions here. Nothing about the Dan Hardy "AIDS" thing, even when Marcus talked about respectful fighters? What about asking him about some specific moments from certain fights - the whole "stand and trade" thing with Lytle, plus what had to be a difficult loss to Stevens after winning the majority of the fight come to mind right away. I guess different people get different things out of writing and producing interviews, but I personally think you (Jack in this case, but anyone generally) should sit down and try to think of the most interesting possible things to ask each individual, even if that comes at the expense of "who do you admire?" and "what did doing on TUF do for you professionally?" which are either kind of generic or basically obvious. I know some people don't want to run the risk of pissing off MMA fighters in case they stop talking to them or something, but you really CAN ask stuff which is challenging and yet respectful if you try to balance the tone. Just my thoughts as always! Now feel free to attack your boy Donnie in return!