Former UFC welterweight Marcus Davis set to compete in Bellator lightweight tournament this September

Photo via Bellator.com

Former UFC welterweight Marcus Davis is looking to end his career as a Bellator lightweight. "The Irish Hand Grenade" will take part in the promotion's lightweight tournament this September.

It's been over two years since Marcus Davis last fought in the UFC. Once a crowd favorite at welterweight, known for his iron chin and back-and-forth brawls, Davis lost 4 out of 5 fights (including 2 by KO) and found himself out of the UFC. "The Irish Hand Grenade" has had so-so results since his release, including a horrible KO loss in a kickboxing match, and a decision win over Pete Spratt. The 39-year-old signed with Bellator this year and debuted recently in his home state of Maine against Waachim Spiritwolf. Unfortunately, participating in a Spiritwolf fight is grounds for chaos by default, and an accidental knee to the groin led to a no-contest.

Davis (21-9, 1 NC) is scheduled to fight (at 170 lbs) on a regional show in Maine later this month, but after that he has his sights set on a run at the Bellator lightweight tournament. In an interview with the Bangor Daily News, Davis had this to say about his new Bellator contract:

"It really just came about," said Davis. "They said they thought I was valuable to the company and fit well with them. I told them what my goals and plans were as far as fighting goes, and we came to an agreement.

"This contract is not fight based, but more time based. I’m looking at a couple of years, but I’m taking it fight by fight right now and just going by how I feel. Right now I’ve never felt healthier."

"I will retire with Bellator. I’m going to finish my career with Bellator, that’s where I feel like I really belong at this point," said Davis. "My career really started with Spike TV [which airs Bellator shows], they were the ones that really pushed me early on."

The winner of the eight-man tournament this fall will earn a title shot against the lightweight champion. Current champion Michael Chandler has two title defenses coming up against Dave Jansen and David Rickels.

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