Bellator 101 in Portland tonight has several intriguing bouts scheduled, and in particular the lightweight tourney’s opening round could feature some memorable action. Case in point, UFC veteran Marcus Davis has been tapped to fight rising lightweight Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy, which will be the “The Irish Hand Grenades'” second scrap with Bellator (his first was declared a no contest versus Waachiim Spiritwolf). Since losing by KO to Jeremy Stephens at UFC 125 in 2011, Davis has put together a 5-1 (with 1 NC) record to lock up a spot in Bellator’s latest tourney.
So, clearly it’s a big fight tonight for Davis, as the noted striker intends to make a title run under the Bellator banner. While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, here’s what the rugged vet had to say about his Bellator aspirations and any critics who have written him off.
“I remember the small town I started from in Maine, and being told that I was out of my mind and I was never going to be a fighter.”
“All I ever said to them was, ‘Watch me.’ And I’m saying that to everyone out there who thinks I’m 40 years old and my best years are behind me: Watch me.”
“Fans should expect me to tear through this lightweight tournament – just absolutely tear through it – and then tear through the rest of the whole division, including whoever has the belt,” Davis said. “Then, like I said, two years from now, I’ll be 8-0 in Bellator, and I’ll say, ‘I told ya so.'”
An 8-0 run would certainly turn some heads, and kicking it off with a win over Sarnavskiy would be a good way to start. The 24 year-old fighter has lost just once in 24 fights, via a split decision loss to Rich Clementi, and has already defeated Thiago Michel Pereira Silva and Tony Hervey with Bellator. So, it should be an interesting night.
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