Marcus Davis: 'I want Davis-Hardy 2 by the end of this year'

"Hardy had one highlight in each round. He had the elbow in the first round. He had the big knee that dropped me in the second round. And he had the elbow in the third round that opened up the cut on me and caused me to bleed. His whole win is based off those three big strikes. My performance is based off of 12-13 minutes of controlling and beating him in every other area. I took at least 12 minutes of that fight; he can have the other three. So you’re going to give him the win off that? I just don’t get it. If you break it down as a numbers game; I win the numbers. Whether it is clean strikes, wrestling, ground work, all of it. Honestly, neither of us had our best night that night or else one of us would have ended it before it went to the judges’ scorecards. I know Hardy isn’t happy winning the fight that way and I’m not happy losing the fight that way. That is why I want to do it again. Does it need to be an automatic rematch, of course not. But I want Davis-Hardy II by the end of this year."

-- Marcus Davis -- who is perhaps UFC matchmaker Joe Silva's easiest fighter to please since he essentially books his own fights -- tells MMAmania.com that a rematch with Dan Hardy must happen before 2009 expires. "The Irish Hand Grenade" dropped a controversial split decision to "The Outlaw" at UFC 99: "The Comeback" at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, on June 12. The two welterweights went to war before even stepping inside the Octagon, trading barbs and insults to promote the match. All the pre-fight talk was supposed to be settled inside the cage; however, it appears that the result just added more fuel to the fire. This ain't over folks, not by a long shot. We'll pass along the complete post UFC 99 interview with Davis as soon as possible.

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