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Can a Legendary Fight Really Be Planned? Marcus Davis Thinks So


(‘Sup. You chicks party?’)

Marcus Davis just won’t quit with this master plan he and Chris Lytle have concocted.  While it seems to be Davis who’s always talking about it, the agreement is that they will both stand and bang it out at UFC 93, and Davis is confident that this will result in a fight of epic proportions:

"Chris and I have spoken a number of times about this fight and we know the opportunity that it gives us," Davis told Eurosport-Yahoo! "That’s why we were so desperate to get it organised."
"We’re aiming for more than just Fight of the Night," Davis went on. "We think our styles and the way we fight match up really, really well and that this fight could potentially project us into a sort of legendary status. …I want to be remembered in this sport, and this fight is my chance to make sure that happens."

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"The people of Ireland, the fans who come and watch and those who watch this fight on television, they are going to see two guys putting it all on the line; two guys who have agreed to go out there and punch each other as many times and as hard as possible.”

It’s great that Davis and Lytle are so intent on creating an exciting fight for the fans, but a part of me wonders whether agreeing to slug it out is really a recipe for such an epic fight all on its own.  Isn’t that the basic premise of a kickboxing match?  They certainly don’t all turn out to be timeless gems.  

The way Davis is hyping this thing, I hope it lives up to his expectations.  When two guys come in with an agreed upon game plan, though, it seems equally likely that things could just get weird.  Or one of them could come right out, catch a hard shot on the chin in the opening minutes, and get knocked out for the first time in their respective MMA careers.  Which would be a satisfying ending if only Davis hadn’t promised us the world. 

Kind of like "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold."  Not a bad film, but under the crushing weight of expectations following the original "City Slickers," it seemed like a letdown.  Not to mention, Jon Lovitz as Billy Crystal’s brother?  Come the fuck on, know what I’m saying?

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someone is gay- December 9, 2008 at 5:16 pm
harbour wants marcus to go down hard haha
BeefHouse- December 9, 2008 at 4:54 pm
That's for "hmmm" since I did not direct that at anyone.
BeefHouse- December 9, 2008 at 4:47 pm
Not to rain on your rather humorous parade, but when the emperor gave Thumbs down it meant that the loser was to live. Thumbs up meant Kill the Chump. Common historical inaccuracy perpetuated by media.
Imbecile- December 9, 2008 at 11:26 am
Personally, I think Davis is overhyping the fight the way he is because he is scared to be outclassed on the ground by Lytle. Davis is trying to create a situation where even if Lytle takes it to the ground and wins, he still loses in the fans eyes. Davis is just trying to cripple Lytle by shaming him into removing some very effective parts of his game. Davis has increased his overall MMA skills, but he is still outmatched by Lytle in some areas, and I think he is scared to engage in an actual MMA match with with Chris.
Poutine2daBone- December 9, 2008 at 11:21 am
My money is on Lytle:
1st round by triangle choke....But this WILL be a legendary fight...when an engaged and quite embarassed Davis gets drunk and murders a leprechaun (who was silly enough to stand and trade).
skidding- December 9, 2008 at 8:13 am
@Ted nutmeg

ooooh, zing!
Ted Nutmeg- December 9, 2008 at 7:48 am
I think we all know what Marcus Davis' pick-up line really is:

"Sup. You chicks like to stand and bang?"
google- December 9, 2008 at 6:42 am
the only thing that would make this legendary is if davis submits him by anal rape.
Jon Lovitz- December 9, 2008 at 6:39 am
Fuck you Cagepotato! Who do you think your are Gene Siskel? I'm legendary, maybe you havn't seen High School High. Suck my balls
Jugger- December 9, 2008 at 6:16 am
Stupid. But, whatever. No offense, but I'd rather watch Dustin Hazlette sub Marcus Davis in 30 seconds with a modified darce choke, than watch Davis and Lytle "bang" for 15 minutes.
Polish- December 9, 2008 at 5:55 am
Ironically enough I heard Jon Lovitz will be the special referee for this match with Daniel Stern in Davis' corner and Jack Palance in Lytles corner.
MMA Gear Blog- December 9, 2008 at 5:50 am
One good punch and the fight is over, I've seen this case many of times.
Rod- December 9, 2008 at 5:03 am
@Alex

I agree. It seems like Davis is trying to use some form of child psychology to get this fight to go the way he wants. I can see him now "C'mon Chris, we will be legends, you and me. Just don't shoot, or throw me, or take my back, or attempt submissions of any kind... and the people will love us!".
Derly- December 9, 2008 at 3:03 am
Smith/Sell was the TUF finale right? I remember the fight and yea the ending was great. However, I don't think it was the greatest war I've seen.
CageFighter72- December 9, 2008 at 2:21 am
i think you are referring to the Scott Smith vs. Pete Sell fight...where Sell nails Smith with a crushing body blow and he cringes and fades back....then cocks back and throws a mad right and catches Sell on the pounce and knocks him the F**k out......
hmmm- December 8, 2008 at 10:34 pm
I endorse this fight under these circumstances

1. Both men must take a minimum of 3 cycles of horse steriods
2. It is a fight to the death
3. Dana White will sit on a throne of golden whores WHILST eating a turkey thigh and being fed grapes. In the event of a TKO/ submission he is required to give the thumbs up/down to decide the losers fate
4. In the event of a thumbs down,the winner must rip and eat the heart from the defeated's chest
5. There will be no decisions, if the fight surpasses the 5th round the men, who knowingly have disgraced themselves and the sport, will commit Seppuku.


Under only this circumstances do I believe this fight will be of epic proportions.
RyanHobbs- December 8, 2008 at 9:45 pm
This is what Chris Lytle did with the last guy he fought. I forgot what the guys name was, but it was a great fight. Can't wait for this one.
Bill C.- December 8, 2008 at 9:18 pm
"Kind of like "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold." Not a bad film, but under the crushing weight of expectations following the original "City Slickers," it seemed like a letdown. Not to mention, Jon Lovitz as Billy Crystal's brother? Come the fuck on, know what I'm saying?"


LOVITZ'D
Neal Taflinger- December 8, 2008 at 9:02 pm
I predict Davis shoots for a double leg three seconds into round one.
Alex- December 8, 2008 at 8:48 pm
If someone tried to browbeat me into keeping the fight standing like marcus davis has, I'd chonan his ass in the first minute
Jcast- December 8, 2008 at 8:00 pm
you can't plan a "legendary fight" *sigh*

Frank- December 8, 2008 at 7:35 pm
How about if they agree to have 3 solid rounds of roshambo? Now THAT would be legendary!
Derly- December 8, 2008 at 7:21 pm
Exactly Bonnar/Griffin was legendary because it had a huge impact on the sport. Not because they had huge names and star power at the time.

Davis/Lytle has neither star power, or any real apparent significance to the sport. Unless one of them does something completely wrong for the sport, like cheating or something I don't see it having a huge impact on MMA.

The most they can expect for is a fight that could make an entire highlight real. But that's not legendary it's just a great fight.
harbour- December 8, 2008 at 7:15 pm
I hope marcus goes down hard in the very first exchange.
Than- December 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm
I think he has Bonnar-Griffin 1 in his mind...but that was amazing because it was the first mma a lot of American's were exposed to.
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