Marcus Davis (16-6) will be looking to dig himself out of a recent rut in Montreal at UFC 113 against French-Canadian Jonathan Goulet. The fight was confirmed by Davis, who has lost his last two consecutive bouts, on his Twitter page earlier this week.
The 36-year old “The Irish Hand Grenade” recently fought at UFC 106 against Ben Saunders who orchestrated a series of devastating blows that ended with a knee on Davis’ chin in the first round. The loss for Davis was unique in the worst way—it was his first knockout loss ever.
Prior to the Saunders bout, Davis endured a war with the No. 1 welterweight contender, British counter-striker Dan Hardy last summer at UFC 99. The time leading up to the fight was saturated with trash talking that accelerated previously existing tension between the two. A historical angle was also interwoven into the animosity due to the fact that Davis’ family is from Waterford, Ireland and Hardy, who is notorious for pre-fight mental games, is from Nottingham, England.
Once the war was waged and the dust settled, Hardy emerged victorious after receiving the nod in a split decision.
Two fights later and a renewed contract, “The Irish Hand Grenade” will attempt to reverse his losing streak against Quebec native Jonathan Goulet (22-10).
Goulet, nicknamed “The Road Warrior” for his willingness to take fights on short notice, last fought Mike Swick at UFC: Fight for the Troops in the latter part of 2008. Goulet was on the losing end of the bout after suffering a knockout in the first round.
The 30-year old French-Canadian is originally from a small town of 40,000 people in Quebec just northwest of New York and Maine called Victorville. Even though he is not a Montreal native, the crowd at UFC 113 will certainly treat him as such.
Marcus Davis and Jonathan Goulet will do battle in the octagon on May 8th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.