To the surprise of no one, the UFC has decided to ask Marcus Davis to compete on their first ever event in Ireland. UFC welterweight Chris Lytle has agreed to enter hostile territory to go against the Irish fighter at UFC 93 at The O2 Arena in Dublin. After both fighters walked away victorious in their respective battles at UFC 89, the two had respectfully called for a fight against each other.
MMAJunkie.com confirmed that both fighters have agreed to the bout, and have contracts in hand. There should be an official announcement by the UFC shortly.
“We like each other, we respect each other, but we want to have that fight,” Davis stated on TAGG Radio in July. “And my pitch to Chris is, ‘The first guy that starts grappling is a pussy, so let’s not do that. Let’s just stand up and just beat the hell out of each other. If we get in a clinching scenario, and somebody wants to throw somebody or whatever, go ahead and do it. But let’s not try to finish it on the ground. Let’s stand up, and let’s bang it out.'”
Both fighters are former contestants on “The Ultimate Fighter,” however they were on different seasons. Although Lytle experienced much greater success on his season than Davis did, the roles have been drastically reversed since their respective season’s wrapped.
After Davis was eliminated from the show’s second season, he rolled off 11 consecutive wins and had many wondering if he was ready to be a legitimate contender in one of the UFC most talented divisions. He then suffered a minor setback with a unanimous decision loss to Mike Swick at UFC 85, however bounced back nicely against Paul Kelly last month.
Lytle lost to Matt Serra in the finals of “TUF 4,” but has only been able to compile a 4-3 record since.
Here are the fighters Rumored to be fighting in Ireland:
Chris Lytle vs. Marcus Davis
Andre Gusmao vs. Antonio Mendes
Thiago Silva vs. Lyoto Machida
Mark Coleman vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson