Marcus Davis at the UFC 118 weigh-ins in Boston on Aug. 28, 2010 | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
“The Irish Hand Grenade” is pulling the pin once again.
Massachussets-based MMA promotion Premiere Fighting Championship recently announced (h/t Bloody Elbow) that it has booked former UFC and Bellator fighter Marcus Davis for an upcoming show on Oct. 3 in Springfield, Mass., in a welterweight bout against Nick Alley (6-3).
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Davis, 46, most recently fought on Feb. 8, 2014, at a show in Lewiston, Maine, where he lost by first-round doctor stoppage to Ryan Sanders.
Speaking to the Between Rounds Radio show earlier this week, Davis said that though he does consider this to be a comeback booking, he will take things fight-by-fight from here on out. He is not expecting to have another run with the UFC.
Davis (22-11, 1 NC) made his last appearance for that promotion at UFC 125 on Jan. 1, 2011. He was knocked out in the third round by Jeremy Stephens, his fourth loss in five fights. The Maine native was a fan favorite in his early days with the UFC, competing in the second season of The Ultimate Fighter and later winning his first six octagon fights. He holds notable wins over Pete Spratt, Chris Lytle, and Shonie Carter, among others.
Following his release from the UFC, Davis went 5-3, including a loss and a no-contest in two appearances for Bellator. He announced his retirement in 2014.