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Marcus Davis Fought Swick With One Arm

I was incredibly disappointed by Marcus Davis‘s loss-by-smothering against Mike “Not Quick” Swick at UFC 85 — partly because I’d been shamelessly hugging his nuts leading up to the event, and partly because his loss contributed to me having to film myself vomiting. But in a recent profile on MMA Junkie, Davis reveals that his insane weightlifting regimen led to an injury that almost sunk the fight altogether. As Davis explains:

“Three weeks before the Swick fight, I had torn the connective tissue between my triceps and my rear [deltoid]. I had Cortisone shots for that. Two days before the Swick fight, I couldn’t move my arm. So, the UFC was cool enough to send me to an orthopedic doctor in the U.K., and they did an ultrasound on my arm. I had an impingement in the front bursa sac that was like 100 times the size it was supposed to be, and then still that tear in the rear connective tissue. [The doctor] did a guided needle with the ultrasound into the bursa, and drained the bursa. And that lasted for about three-and-a-half hours, and then I couldn’t move my arm again.

“The day of the weigh-ins, [the UFC] excused me early. After I weighed in, they let me leave and brought me back [to the doctor] and checked me out. It had swollen right back up again because the needle had aggravated it.”

Davis said the UFC asked if he wanted to withdraw from the bout with Swick.

“When we were [at the doctor], there’s me, the doctor, (UFC president) Dana White and (UFC owner) Lorenzo Fertitta. And the doctor says, ‘I’m worried. I don’t think you should fight because you’re not going to be able to protect yourself.’

“Dana White looked at me and he said, ‘What do you want to do? What are you going to do?’

“I said, ‘I just flew 3,000 freaking miles to get in a fight. I’m fighting tomorrow night, regardless.’”

Okay, the usual line when it comes to this sort of thing is “nobody goes into a fight 100%”, and talking about your injuries after a loss is just crybaby bullshit. But if you have an injury that basically hobbles one of your arms, then clearly you’re not going to perform at your full potential. A fight between a two-armed Davis and Mike Swick might have gone a lot differently. Right? Or am I nuthugging again?

At any rate, Davis has learned from his training mistakes and should be in much better shape for his next bout; he’ll likely take on 7-0 Paul Kelly at UFC 89 (October 18; Birmingham, England). Yep, the half-Irish American still can’t get a match in the States to save his life. And in case you’ve forgotten, Michael Bisping will make his next Octagon appearance in Birmingham, facing off against Chris Leben in what is currently the card’s main event. You think U.K. fans might be getting a little tired of having the same fighters forced down their throats over and over again? Naaaah…

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L Grant- July 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm
Did someone imply that Swick is world class? Ouch.
Kelsey Grammer- July 14, 2008 at 11:34 am
Calm down guys....the guy is not raising a petition for you all to sign to have the match erased from his record, nor is he making excuses, he is simply telling the story of what happened before the fight and the condition he was in for it! It certainly would have made it a less painfull fight for him had his arm been ok, I have respect for any fighter who gets into the octagon knowing that he is injured and in pain like that!!
Kelsey Grammer- July 14, 2008 at 11:33 am
Calm doen guys....the guy is not raising a petition for you all to sign to have the match erased from his record, nor is he making excuses, he is simply telling the story of what happened before the fight and the condition he was in for it! It certainly would have made it a less painfull fight for him had his arm been ok, I have respect for any fighter who gets into the octagon knowing that he is injured and in pain like that!!
Mike Swick- July 14, 2008 at 9:20 am
He's just making excuses. I beat his ass fair and square!

And for the record, I AM quick...
teachbug- July 13, 2008 at 3:53 pm
The fact of the matter is: fighting with a known injury makes you stupid, and a loser.
It doesn't matter that I like the guy as person or a fighter, he still lost, and he was dumb to do it.
But he 's a grown man he made a bad error in judgment, and he lost for it.
Had he been 100% he still woulda lost.
I wish he hadn't of told a reporter about it, cause all it does it insult Swick, and it makes Davis look like a puss for bringing it up.
What if Swick decided to come back with ----" well both my ankles were twisted, and I had a bum knee!"
that just seems like they are making excuses:Davis sounds like hes making one for losing, and Swick could make an excuse for not destroying him :)
I think its disrespectful, and thats not the marcus davis that I like as a fighter.
rh- July 13, 2008 at 3:20 pm
I like Davis, but he lost points with me for overtraining. Didn't I read somewhere he was benching 300+ before the fight? I thought that was stupid then and it's even more stupid in retrospect.

It was a tough call, as I really like both fighters, but I picked Swick going into it, and I'd pick him again in a rematch.

rh
coldblooded- July 13, 2008 at 2:58 pm
If you've never had an impinged bursa then I'm not sure you can realize the gravity of fighting with that kind of impairment. Back when I used to lift heavy a lot, I had this exact same injury, it more or less put me off from powerlifiting/bodybuilding for good. Getting that cortizone shot almost made me pass out, and it only helped with the short-term pain for a half a day. I can tell you that moving your arm away from your ribs feels like having someone slowly tear a muscle from the bone. I cannot imagine the mental fortitude it took just to get through a warmup, much less through an entire MMA fight.
It's one thing to hurt yourself in the midst of a fight & push through it with a rush of endorfins, but it's another entirely to go in with a fresh tender injury like this.

Mad props to the Irish HG for having such a tolerance for pain...that's a dedication to a career right there.
Onan- July 13, 2008 at 2:08 pm
If he had been serioulsy injured then he wouldn't have been given the choice. He would have been prohibited from fighting. Perhaps were he not injured then he would have had a better striking game, but Swick is better than him in so many areas that the likely outcome would have been the same. However, like others have said; it's meaningless at this point.
godzillad- July 13, 2008 at 1:09 pm
Do you have any idea how many guys tough it out and fight with one arm/hand/leg/knee and don't go around getting people to write articles on it?
teachbug- July 13, 2008 at 12:50 pm
Yep Ben you are nuthuggin, and in this case I can understand it. I like Davis as well, hes a really good fighter, I like his aggressive style, BUT with that said, to talk this excuse this late is lame, and wasting time, and just makes him a more sympathetic person, and he don't need to be seen as sympathetic and weak, he needs to shut the fuck up, eat the lose, and move on, and go destroy someone and do that flexing "I kicked your ass " thing he does.
Polish- July 13, 2008 at 12:29 pm
We could speculate until the cows fly home but in the end it isn't gonna change shit. Rematch is the only way. INSANE credit to Marcus for toughing it out and fighting with 1 arm.
superchico- July 13, 2008 at 12:07 pm
It likely wouldn't have.

Swick still would have had a longer reach, better offensive wrestling, and dominant top control.

Davis still would have had his left straight since it was his right arm that was hurt, still would have had weak wrestling and the inability to shift his hips.

It's one thing to armbar Paul Taylor and knock out Jason Tan, it's another to step up and fight guys who are world class.
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