An exciting and interesting welterweight bout between Macus Davis and Dan Hardy will take place at UFC 99 in June.
Marcus Davis last fought at UFC 93: “Franklin vs. Henderson”, where he defeated Chris Lytle after Lytle called Davis out after defeating Paul Taylor at UFC 89: “Bisping vs. Leben” last October.
Meanwhile, Hardy is fresh off of an impressive Knockout victory over Rory Markham at UFC 95. Hardy called Marcus Davis out after his UFC 95 victory.
A recent public feud has erupted between the two welterweights with a lot of back and forth banter. The public feud has apparently caught the attention of the UFC by causing them to switch Davis’s original UFC 99 opponent, Davis was originally slated to face Ben Saunders at UFC 99.
Hardy started the feud by saying this at the post fight press conference: “… He’s had a couple of fights in the UK, and he’s kind of building himself a fan base, but he’s not English; he’s not Irish,” said Hardy. “I was born here, and I’ve been bred here. I don’t mind taking on that challenge and showing him this is my home and not his.”
Davis responded to the comments in an exclusive interview with MMAjunkie.com: “I’m getting sick and tired of everyone saying I’m a fake Irishman or a fake this and fake that,” he told Junkie. “I never told anybody I was an Irishman. What I am is proud of my heritage, which is Irish, Welsh and Scottish.
“It’s OK for Oscar De La Hoya, who wasn’t born in Mexico, to embrace his Mexican heritage. Or it’s OK for all the African-Americans here in America to embrace their African heritage. But if you’re a white guy and you embrace any of your European heritage, you’re an idiot.”
Marcus Davis had more to say to in an interview with mmaweekly.com: “I’m 35 years old, and that whole talking (expletive) thing, it shouldn’t affect me,” Davis told MMAWeekly.com. “It shouldn’t get under my skin. But I don’t know what it is, man, about that kid. I don’t know if it’s his face…that smirk he makes. But something about it gets under my skin.
“It was a long time ago, I was a different person. I used to react off of emotion and anger. I had two emotions. I was either laughing, or I was pissed off. And I feel like I’m getting dragged back into that. When his name gets brought up or I hear anything, my girlfriend, or my friends, they just tell me, ‘calm down.’ I literally sweat on the back of my hands when I hear his name. I just don’t like this kid.”