BOSTON - AUGUST 28: Nate Diaz (R) connects with a right hook to the face of Marcus Davis during their UFC welterweight bout at the TD Garden on August 28 2010 in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
He's no spring chicken, but 37-year-old mixed martial arts veteran Marcus Davis is determined to get his career back on track tomorrow night (Fri., April 8, 2011) when he takes on Curtis Demarce, 22, at MFC 29: "Conquer."
"The Irish Hand Grenade" -- who was recently released by the UFC after a devastating knockout loss to Jeremy Stephens -- has dropped four of his last five bouts, signaling that perhaps the father of four has reached the end of his long fighting road.
But don't count out The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) alum just yet.
Davis, who will try his lightweight luck for just the second time, details his "passion" to continue with TSN.com:
"Look out Dana White, here comes Marcus Davis.... Fighting is passion for me. I wouldn't be sitting on this bike. I wouldn't be not enjoying cake balls, I wouldn't be training and watching every single thing I eat. I take this serious. As much as everyone wants to think because I'm not in the UFC any more and that I got booted, that I'm done. I'm not done. Not yet."
Prior to falling on tough times, Davis had won eight of his first nine fights inside the Octagon, earning a reputation as an exciting fan favorite who could finish fights.
It's that one-punch power advantage that Davis -- who claims he walked around at 205 pounds as a welterweight -- feels will be the difference maker at his new at 155 pounds.
In his upcoming fight, anyway:
"[Demarce] has never fought anybody like me. Richie Whitson is nothing like me. Nobody he's ever fought can punch like me."
"The Demon," who dropped his most recent fight to Whitson via slit decision, is also filling in as a late replacement for the injured "Ragin" Kajan Johnson.
On the surface, it appears that Davis has everything -- experience, size, power and skill -- teed up to get back on the winning track this weekend at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Ontario, Canada.
And you can bet that Dana White will be watching.