With Phil Baroni wanting to take more time between fights to get things right, Marcus Davis will likely stay busy with a welterweight match up against Jonathan Goulet at UFC 113 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on May 1, 2010.
MMAmania.com was aware that both fighters were approached about the bout, and now MMAFighting.com reports that they have verbally agreed to get down inside the Octagon.
"The Irish Hand Grenade" detonated unexpectedly in his match against Ben Saunders at UFC 106: "Ortiz vs. Griffin 2" just last month. The former boxer perhaps did not give the "Killa B" enough respect in the size department and the Muay Thai striker made him pay for it dearly with a barrage of knees that pulled the pin on Davis' title aspirations.
It was his second straight loss after coming up short against Dan Hardy at UFC 99: "The Comeback" last June.
The "Road Warrior" was anything but what his nickname suggests in 2009, taking the entire year off because of various injuries.
In fact, Goulet was in talks to face Tamdan McCrory at UFC 97 in April 2009; however, the bout was nixed because he couldn't get medical clearance after getting knocked silly by Mike Swick at UFC Fight Night 16: "Fights for the Troops" on Dec. 10, 2008.
That was the last time he competed, getting scratched from a bout against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 100 back in July.
Prior to the Swick loss, the Canadian was riding back-to-back wins, finishing Kuniyoshi Hironaka via technical knockout of at UFC 83: "Serra vs. St. Pierre," which earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
He'll have his hands full with the hard-hitting Davis after such a long layoff.
UFC 113 features the much-anticipated rematch between 205-pound division champion, Lyoto Machida, defending his belt against fellow Brazilian Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in the main event of the evening.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more on the still-developing UFC 113 fight card.