(Demonstrating one half of his stand-and-bang plan.)
If you’re an MMA fan with access to the internet (and the fact that you’re reading this means you’re at least one of those things), chances are you’ve heard about Marcus Davis’ big plans for his fight with Chris Lytle at UFC 93 this Saturday. Davis, or as he’s known around here, Mr. Hand Grenade, has made no secret of the fact that he’d like this bout to be contested on the feet. He also thinks it has the potential to be one of the all-time great battles of MMA, which is why he’s been trying to make it happen for months now.
At long last, he got his wish, and in this candid talk he tells us all about how this situation came about and why he thinks you’re going to like what you see when he steps into the Octagon with Chris Lytle this Saturday.
CagePotato.com: Okay, Marcus. I think a lot of people are wondering about some of the stuff you’ve said about this “gentlemen’s agreement” between you and Chris to stand and fight on the feet. Where did that come from, and do you really think you’ll both stick to it?
I think everybody is a little confused on this. There wasn’t any real agreement. It’s just that we’ve both talked about wanting to have exciting fights and bang it out. I think people are assuming it’s an agreement. Basically, Chris Lytle and I started talking, I think after he fought Thiago Alves, about how if we ever fought each other it would be a great fight. When the time came that he was going to fight Paul Taylor and I was going to fight Paul Kelly, we were talking about calling each other out in order to make it happen. I was going to call him out because I thought I was fighting after him. Then they switched it so I was fighting before him, so it wouldn’t have made much sense for me to call him out, in case he lost.
But what made it all snowball was that I said, jokingly, in a couple of interviews, ‘the first guy to take it to the ground is a pussy.’ It was supposed to be a joke, but I think a lot of people took it seriously. The way I’m looking at it, though, it’s an MMA fight. It takes place wherever it takes place. I’m sure we’re going to hit the ground at some point. But the big thing is we’re planning on putting on our best performance and bringing out the best in the other guy.
It’s like a dance. If one person is a great dancer and the other person isn’t, it’s going to look like crap. But if you have two people who know what they’re doing, that can be a beautiful thing to watch. That’s what I’m hoping for.
Building it up in this way, don’t you think that puts added pressure on you guys to fight a specific type of fight, trying for this legendary outcome?