UFC brawler Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis will be making his lightweight debut this January 1st at UFC 125: Resolution against tough young fighter Jeremy Stephens. Davis makes the drop after dropping a bout to Nate Diaz by submission this past August, but recently told MMAJunkie.com that the discovery and treatment of a chronic digestive problem which he had been fighting through for most of his career has him feeling better than ever.
“I’m healthy and what I’m really looking forward to is going out there and surprising some people,” Davis told MMAJunkie. “I want people to see that there’s a different me.”
With the discovery and treatment of the ailment, Davis said, came an overall improvement in his health which translated into the gym; the former professional boxer has an entirely new outlook on his career as a result.
“My training has just gone through the roof,” Davis said. “My mind went from contemplating retirement to now I’m looking at making a run in the 155-pound division. Things have changed dramatically for me really quick.”
However, despite his feelings of renewal, Davis sees before him a bloody battle against Stephens, one he hopes he can overcome with the advantages fighting at lightweight will give him.
“I know I’m going to get busted up some in this fight, it’s going to happen,” he said. “I’m hoping that I’m able to actually use some physical advantages for the first time in a long time.”
UFC 125: Resolution is going down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will feature a lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard.