The hotly contested welterweight bout between bitter rivals Dan Hardy and Marcus Davis at UFC 99 certainly lived up to its hype, however the controversial split decision loss left Davis with a funky taste in his mouth. Hardy says that Davis can stomp his feet all he wants, he will take the win regardless.
“At this level of competition, you need every advantage you can get,” said Hardy of the razor-thin decision. “Marcus Davis is one of the toughest guys in this division … I just want to say I respect him a lot and all of his team.”
The two built up this clash as a war of two nations. Hardy, claiming that the American-born Davis is fronting as an “Irishman” in an attempt to steal his European fan base, while Davis states that he is simply showing love to his roots.
Not many thought this fight would go into the later rounds as both promised to unleash bombs. Although they kept their word on that front, their mutual unwillingness to surrender took the outcome of the fight out of their hands and into the judges.
Something Davis wishes he could mulligan.
“I won the fight,” Davis emphatically stated at the post-fight presser. “I won 12 minutes of the fight and they gave it to him? You bet I want a rematch, right away. Let’s do it in Ireland or Boston. He landed one elbow which cut me and they judge the whole fight on that?”
Being on the the right side of a decision like that, it’s obvious why Hardy wants to move on to bigger and better things. He was a 2-to-1 underdog heading into the fight and showed why he shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Davis marks the Englishman’s 11th W in his last 12 scraps. At this point, it is highly likely that the UFC and their entire 170 division is on alert.
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