UFC welterweight staple Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis spoke with MMAJunkie.com today and revealed that he will be leaving his home in the 170-pound division in favor of fighters closer to his size in the lightweight class.
“I’m going to finish out my career at 155 and try to entertain some people along the way before my old ass retires,” Davis said. “I like the opportunities that present themselves.”
Davis told MMAJunkie that the lightweight class suits him better due to the drastic reduction of size disparity between himself and his opponents. At 37-years old, “The Irish Hand Grenade” admitted that his time in the sport is not much longer–even saying, “I will not be 40 years old and fighting”–and that he will debate re-signing with the UFC should he not be able to string together at least two wins.
The former professional boxer was frank in describing his goals at 155-pounds, pointing to the harsh reality of accumulated damage over a combat sports career as a probable limiting factor in his lightweight stint.
“I’m not going to blow smoke up anybody’s ass and say I’m going to be this phenomenal 155-pound fighter and I’m going to be a champion,” Davis said. “I know that I’m a 37-year-old guy who’s basically got the body of a 55-year-old guy, and I’ve got a face that likes to open when you look at it wrong. Those are things that I’m always going to battle as a fighter. But this drop and being able to do it might help me a little bit more than staying at 170 pounds. I look at it like this is where my body is telling me to go, and this is what’s the healthiest decision for me. I’m going to do it, and I’m going to try to do it the best I can.”
The three-time Fight of the Night winner and one-time Knockout of the Night winner did promise one thing for his future at lightweight: that he will bring the same warrior spirit that has carried him through some of the most memorable battles in UFC history.
“Some people just outright can’t stand me and hate me … but when it comes down to it, I come to fight,” he said. “I know that I’m out there to entertain. You know that my fights are going to have blood – it’s going to be my blood – but there is going to be blood. I’m going to get hurt, and somebody else might get hurt. That’s what I do. I fight to entertain, and I love to fight.”