Former UFC lightweight and welterweight competitor “The Irish Hand Grenade” Marcus Davis will move on with life after the UFC by co-promoting the first sanctioned mixed martial arts event to occur in the state of Maine.
The event, promoted under the Cage Fighting Xtreme banner, is set for April 30 in Portland, Maine at the Stevens Avenue Armory.
The Boston Herald reports that Davis’ Team Irish Company will promote the event along with CFX promoter Linda Shields. Davis spoke about the event:
“I’m very excited to have our company be part of the first MMA event in Maine. This was another goal of mine and it’s great to see it materialize. I look forward to being involved with more shows in the future and continue to bring the sport I love to the people of Maine.”
A native of Bangor, Maine, Davis has been at the forefront of trying to get sanctioning for MMA in his home state since 2004.
According to the report, the sport has been legalized in the state for two years but that time has been spent “developing the rules”.
A second event is already planned in the state by the Global Fight League. Their event, GFL 11, takes place on May 6 at the Portland Expo Center.
The 37-year old Davis competed in the UFC since 2006. He spent most of that time in the welterweight division before dropping to lightweight for his final bout against Jeremy Stephens at UFC 125.
Davis was cut following that bout after losing due to knockout. Davis has lost four of his last five fights.