Davis Didn’t Stick to Plan, Wants Rematch

By Greg Savage Jun 18, 2009
Marcus Davis is still ticked off about the scoring of his UFC 99 match with Dan Hardy. I got a chance to talk to him on the phone Wednesday, and he is adamant the cut he sustained in the fight’s final round was the difference in the bout.

Asked point blank whether he thought he won all three rounds, Davis stated that there could be an argument made for Hardy winning one round at the most.

That isn’t to say “The Irish Hand Grenade” doesn’t feel that he should shoulder some of the blame for his split-decision loss last Saturday night.

“That was the first time in my career that I was standing in the Octagon fuming,” Davis said. “I was looking over at him doing that little act with Bruce Buffer and I wanted to kill him.’

Add in the copious amounts of adrenaline coursing through his veins and it isn’t hard to see why Davis was fatigued so early in the fight.

Also, on the broadcast, Davis’ trainer Mark DellaGrotte can be heard telling him he is ahead going into the final frame. I asked Davis if that had anything to do with him being complacent in the final round.

“I don’t know if that had anything to do with the outcome, but I didn’t stick to the game plan Mark and I had,” Davis said. “I made some bad decisions throughout the fight, and this is just not like me.”

Davis is hoping he can convince the UFC to give him another go around with Hardy by the end of 2009. There have been rumors of a Boston UFC swirling round the sport for quite a while, and Davis feels that would be a perfect setting for him to even the score.

“That kid played it perfect psychologically. He took me out of my game, but if people are going to judge fights on cuts and blood, I am going to lose every fight for the rest of my career,” concluded the notoriously thin-skinned Davis. “Hopefully I can get another shot at him.”
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