Two well-known and popular welterweights will look to get back on the winning track at UFC 106 inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 21.
MMAmania.com has learned that Marcus Davis will finally fight stateside for the first time in more than two years when he takes on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 alum, Ben Saunders, in what promises to be a hard-hitting 170-pound showdown.
"The Irish Hand Grenade" has been on the international circuit since a first round knockout win over Jason Tan at UFC 72: "Victory" in Belfast, Northern Ireland, back in June 2007. Since then he traveled to Birmingham, London (twice) and Newcastle, England; Dublin, Ireland; and Cologne, Germany, amassing a sold record (5-2) against stiff competition.
However, it was his most recent split decision loss to Dan Hardy that perhaps stings the most. He and "The Outlaw" went at it for three full rounds, with Hardy landing the more powerful strikes and Davis seemingly controlling most of the action. It could have gone either way, but in the end the judges gave the nod to the Brit.
He'll likely be motivated more than ever to score a decisive win when he locks horns with "Killa B."
Saunders was on a nice three-fight tear before Mike Swick gave him a reality check at UFC 99: "The Comeback" back in June. "Quick" lived up to his nickname when he unleashed a barrage of fight-ending strikes that put an end to Saunders' hot streak in a second round flash.
He appeared outclassed or out of sorts -- far from the beast who viciously beat down Brandon Wolff at UFC Fight Night 16: "Fight for the Troops" and submitted Ryan Thomas with a slick armbar at UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy."
Davis is certainly another tough test to determine if Saunders is able to compete with the top dogs in a very crowded welterweight division.
UFC 106 will feature a main event heavyweight title bout between two absolute monsters as champion Brock Lesnar will look to defend his gold for the second time against his newest challenger, Shane Carwin. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz is also set to make his return to the Octagon against UFC Hall of Famer, Mark Coleman, after spending nearly a year and a half on the sidelines.
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