Marcus Davis's Blogs

  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Thursday



    3:30 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Jordan Mein has been fast tracked to stardom; Gilbert Melendez and host Jon Anik discuss his debut; Benson Henderson and NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald; fighters reveal how fans in the audience can truly influence the outcome in the Octagon.

    6:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    From Iceland emerges Gunnar Nelson; Phil Davis entertains; Alan Belcher's jiu-jitsu skill; visit the Tristar Dorms.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    FOX 7 Fight Flashback Ultimate Fighter upset winner Kelvin Gastelum in studio.

    7:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva Prelims
    Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards; Michael Johnson vs. Danny Castillo; Mike Pierce vs. Aaron Simpson; Marcus LeVesseur vs. Carlo Prater; Jacob Volkmann vs. Shane Roller; Bart Palaszewski vs. Diego Nunes; Darren Uyenoyama vs. Phil Harris.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 144: Relive the action from UFC 144 Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    8:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The most shocking moments in Pride history.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Frankie Edgar takes on Sean Sherk in a lightweight bout; Chael Sonnen takes on Nate Marquardt.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Anthony Johnson vs. Josh Koscheck; Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni; Ben Saunders vs. Marcus Davis.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 4: Waah, Waah! Team Jens Pulver looks to continue its winning; Team B.J. Penn must deal with a member that won't listen.

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  • Tuesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Tuesday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    EPISODE: 1 Welterweights Anthony Johnson and Yoshiyuki Yoshida; lightweights Joe Stevenson and Spencer Fisher; rematch between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin.

    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    EPISODE: 2 Jon Jones vs. Jake O'Brien; Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher.

    5:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Anthony Johnson vs. Josh Koscheck; Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni; Ben Saunders vs. Marcus Davis.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 147: Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin II Highlights of UFC 147 in Brazil.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    FOX 7 Fight Flashback Ultimate Fighter upset winner Kelvin Gastelum in studio.

    5:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Fighters that successfully transition from UFC to Pride.

    6:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 3: This is My Zone B.J. and his coaches are unhappy with Team B.J. Penn's effort; Gabe Ruediger goes to extreme measures to cut weight.

    7:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    EPISODE: 1 Welterweights Anthony Johnson and Yoshiyuki Yoshida; lightweights Joe Stevenson and Spencer Fisher; rematch between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin.

    8:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Bad Blood
    Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz Bitter enemies Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz do battle in an outside of the Octagon.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    10:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    Welterweights Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida face off in UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.

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  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Thursday



    4:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Central Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider Matt Brown's journey; the Signature Moves of Travis Browne; Miesha Tate mic'd up for the historic Ronda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche; Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar off the cuff about fight films.

    6:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider Jordan Mein has been fast tracked to stardom; Gilbert Melendez and host Jon Anik discuss his debut; Benson Henderson and NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald; fighters reveal how fans in the audience can truly influence the outcome in the Octagon.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    From Iceland emerges Gunnar Nelson; Phil Davis entertains; Alan Belcher's jiu-jitsu skill; visit the Tristar Dorms.

    7:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    FOX 7 Fight Flashback Ultimate Fighter upset winner Kelvin Gastelum in studio.

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 159: Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen - Prelims
    Yancy Medeiros vs. Rustam Khabilov; Sheila Gaff vs.Sara McMann; Ovince Saint Preux vs. Gian Villante; Johnny Bedford vs. Bryan Caraway. From Newark, N.J.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    UFC News for the week of April 30.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    FOX 7 Fight Flashback Ultimate Fighter upset winner Kelvin Gastelum in studio.

    7:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    UFC News for the week of April 30.

    10:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    FOX 7 Fight Flashback Ultimate Fighter upset winner Kelvin Gastelum in studio.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Anthony Johnson vs. Josh Koscheck; Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni; Ben Saunders vs. Marcus Davis.

    12:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 3: This is My Zone B.J. and his coaches are unhappy with Team Penn's effort; Gabe goes to extreme measures to cut weight.

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  • Podcast: Marcus Davis, Greg Jackson By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood were back on the Sherdog Radio Network for another edition of “Beatdown.” Joining them on Friday’s broadcast was UFC veteran Marcus Davis and mixed martial arts trainer Greg Jackson.

    Davis has had a storied career in combat sports. He started out as a pro boxer, worked his way to earning a shot at the UFC through “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show and worked his way back to the promotion after being cut. The 39-year old “Irish Hand Grenade” isn’t done yet. Following his release from the UFC the Maine native has put together a 4-1 record and returns to a “big show” next week when he fights for Bellator MMA. Davis chats with TJ and Jeff about how he got to where he is at today, what life will be like after MMA and why he feels he his quality of life will be so diminished in older age that he would prefer to die than suffer from an ailment like dementia.

    Jackson joined “Beatdown” to chat about a variety of subjects. Recently back from Japan, the trainer talks about why he felt his charge Diego Sanchez won a controversial split-decision over former Pride champion Takanori Gomi. Jackson also chats about Carlos Condit’s and Georges St-Pierre’s bouts at UFC 158 next week in Montreal. Listen to “Beatdown” here.

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  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 12
    A historic collection of matchups.

    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 11
    The best collection of knock outs ever caught on camera and featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Michael McDonald celebrates his birthday; Sacramento's Team Alpha Male; Dan Henderson recounts his career; UFC's finest describe the feeling of a knockout

    6:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Jon Jones, Jon Jones & Rashad Evans face-off looking ahead to UFC 145; All access with Jones and Evans.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Liz Carmouche prepares for her UFC debut; All-access for the UFC 157 promo shoot; Dustin Poirier's pursuit of the featherweight championship; and Michael Bisping on the UK's rich combat sports history.

    7:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Primetime
    Inside the day-to-day lives of first-ever UFC female champion Ronda Rousey, and her challenger Liz Carmouche.

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall Prelims
    From BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.

    3:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC From All Angles
    Middleweight Mark Munoz and welterweight Jake Ellenberger.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview for FUEL TV 7: Renan Pegado vs. Michael McDonald in London.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Liz Carmouche prepares for her UFC debut; All-access for the UFC 157 promo shoot; Dustin Poirier's pursuit of the featherweight championship; and Michael Bisping on the UK's rich combat sports history.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Primetime
    Inside the day-to-day lives of first-ever UFC female champion Ronda Rousey, and her challenger Liz Carmouche.

    5:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard and Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian.

    8:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview for FUEL TV 7: Renan Pegado vs. Michael McDonald in London.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Liz Carmouche prepares for her UFC debut; All-access for the UFC 157 promo shoot; Dustin Poirier's pursuit of the featherweight championship; and Michael Bisping on the UK's rich combat sports history.

    9:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Primetime
    Inside the day-to-day lives of first-ever UFC female champion Ronda Rousey, and her challenger Liz Carmouche.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Paulo Thiago vs. Diego Sanchez and Jeremy Stephens vs. Marcus Davis.

    10:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    EPISODE: 5 Bantamweight World Championship: Eduardo Dantas vs. Marcos Galvao. Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Brian Rogers vs. Dan Cramer; Brett Cooper vs. Norman Paraisy; Andreas Spang vs. Doug Marshall; Sultan Aliev vs. Mikkel Parlo. Frin Charlotte, N.C.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 4: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Sign of Disrespect Both teams face off in a spontaneous rap battle at the house; a prank ignites smack talk that carries over to the weigh-in; two fighters face off in the third preliminary fight.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Central
    UFC Central Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Central
    UFC Central Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Primetime
    Inside the day-to-day lives of first-ever UFC female champion Ronda Rousey, and her challenger Liz Carmouche.

    12:00 a.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    EPISODE: 5 Bantamweight World Championship: Eduardo Dantas vs. Marcos Galvao. Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Brian Rogers vs. Dan Cramer; Brett Cooper vs. Norman Paraisy; Andreas Spang vs. Doug Marshall; Sultan Aliev vs. Mikkel Parlo. Frin Charlotte, N.C.

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  • SDS: Rebney, Davis By: TJ De Santis

    "The Savage Dog Show" returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Wednesday for a two hour tour. Joining Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood was former UFC fighter Marcus Davis and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.

    Bellator boss Bjorn Rebney stopped by the SDS to talk all things Bellator Fighting Championship. Including their ongoing middleweight and bantamweight tournaments, the promotions relationship with former UFC standout Roger Huerta, and non-title bouts. While Davis chatted with Greg and Jeff about his upcoming fight this weekend in Florida.

    Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.

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  • The Turning Point: Stephens vs. Davis By: Chris Nelson

    Ten minutes into his fight with Marcus Davis at UFC 125, things weren’t looking great for Jeremy Stephens.

    There was no doubt that he had lost the opening round. Davis started well, if cautiously, drifting just outside of Stephens’ range in the southpaw stance. As Davis bounced and circled, the newly-minted lightweight flicked his jab into Stephens’ face, using sharp angles and footwork to make the “Lil’ Heathen” airmail punches. When Stephens (Pictured) initiated a clinch against the fence and tried to drill knees inside, Davis reversed the position and tripped him to the mat. A late overhand left bounced off Stephens’ temple, putting him on rubbery legs and allowing Davis to control the final minute of action.

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  • UFC 125 Postmortem: No Answers for Edgar By: Jake Rossen



    Frankie Edgar | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    Was it “Rocky V” where Sylvester Stallone numbly intoned that life isn’t about hitting, but about how hard you can get hit and keep getting up?

    Maybe I’m thinking of “Cobra.” Or “F.I.S.T.” Honestly, when you’ve heard one speech from a guy who can only drink from one side of his mouth, you’ve heard them all. But that one rings true, and it could have easily described Saturday’s performance by Frankie Edgar, who survived one of the worst blitzes in UFC title fight history only to come back and put on a clear and focused performance for the next 20 minutes. It was like watching someone stumble away from a car wreck, take a minute break, and then finish the Sunday Times crossword puzzle.

    Edgar should be happy about his comeback, but the announcement of a draw -- justified, in the opinion of many -- turned him sour. He shouldn’t be: his stock skyrocketed with the attrition and wrestling that had improved to the point he was able to take Gray Maynard down repeatedly and stuff incoming shots. (Not possible in their 2008 fight, which Maynard won.) Maynard is probably Edgar’s biggest headache at 155 pounds, and he was able to keep it competitive.

    A rematch is inevitable. And while that first round will be remembered, it’ll do far less for Maynard’s confidence than it will for Edgar’s.

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  • UFC 118 Postmortem: Lights Dim for Toney, Edgar Repeats, More By: Jake Rossen



    Randy Couture file photo: Sherdog.com


    One way to get James Toney to stop talking: cutting off the blood supply to his brain.

    Randy Couture performed a textbook arm-triangle choke against the veteran boxer and 0-0 fighter Saturday, fulfilling the expectations (and wishes) of most in the audience. The wrestler dropped Toney’s chances from about five percent down to zero by performing a low single ankle pick takedown, eliminating any possibility Toney could counter with a short strike. On the mat, Couture drowned him. Aside from the night he debuted against two grunting pituitary cases in 1997, it was far and away the least dangerous fight of the 47-year-old’s 13-year career. (Considering Couture’s willingness to fight a killer in virtually every one of his 22 prior UFC bouts, the break was well-deserved.)

    By the time the fight adds up pay-per-view households, DVD sales and Spike reruns, it will become the most-watched boxer vs. wrestler mixed-style match in history. (Ali/Inoki, whatever its audience numbered, is a nothing: The wrestler couldn’t wrestle.) While predictable, the bout and its result exemplified the cultural shift in how our culture defines tough in combat sports. The Boston crowd was chanting “UFC” like the promotion was the home team and Toney was wearing a Yankees jersey; in less than four minutes, the boxer was splayed out on the mat, emasculated.

    While many can appreciate the technique of controlled violence, prizefighting has always been about finding out who the toughest guy in the room is. Boxing, while a beautiful art to watch at its highest level, can’t wave that flag any longer. We didn’t need Couture/Toney to tell us that, but it’s the most visible evidence yet that MMA might be supplanting it sooner than expected.

    Fair or not, Toney had a big “Boxer” banner on his chest this weekend. And for the first time in his 83-fight career, he got a good look at the ceiling at the same time his native sport got a good look at its future.

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  • Franklin, Davis on ESPN’s MMA Live By: Sherdog.com Staff

    On this week’s MMA Live, Rich Franklin and Marcus Davis join the program to discuss their bouts from UFC 99 this past weekend.

    In addition, newly-crowned Bellator Welterweight ace Lyman Good is in studio to talk about his big win.

    A full breakdown of “The Ultimate Fighter Finale” and the Strikeforce Challengers card this weekend is included.



    A new episode of "MMA Live" debuts every Thursday at 3 p.m. EST on ESPN.com's mixed martial arts page.

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