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Bellator 166's LC Davis plans to turn off Marcos Galvao's lights, make championship run

Bellator 166: "Dantas vs. Warren 2" goes down at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla., this Friday night (Dec. 2, 2016), featuring a main event between former Bantamweight champion and self-proclaimed "Baddest Man on the Planet," Joe Warren, against reigning champion, Eduardo Dantas, in a rematch for the ages.

It's a weekend of back-to-back events for the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in Thackerville. And it's not the only Bantamweight bout to feature a former champion. While Warren may have defeated Dantas in their first encounter, it was Marcos Galvao who would dethrone Warren at Bellator 135. Where does Bantamweight stud, L.C. Davis, fit into this picture? He was on the cusp of title contention after three straight Bellator MMA wins, but a loss to Warren at Bellator 143 shut him out of the picture and sidelined him for more than one year to boot.

MMAmania.com recently spoke with Davis about facing the former champion, Galvao, in his bid to return to the upper echelons of the 135-pound ranks, as well as having to literally rebuild his title aspirations and his knee.

"I had ACL reconstruction surgery after the Joe Warren fight, so that's what's kept me out. It feels great now. It feels stronger than it was before and I'm good to go now, man. It was definitely a rough process, but I got through it. I did really good at rehabbing before the surgery to build up my strength, then I just tried to eat healthy and workout throughout the recovery process. I was able to recover a little faster than most."

Davis initially thought he sprained his knee in training so he tried to keep it quiet and fight through it, but once things didn't work out the way he planned, he took a closer look at the injury.

"Leading up to the fight with Joe Warren I thought I had a minor knee sprain, I was like, 'Oh, I think I sprained my knee, no big deal, I'll just keep fighting.' Went and got it checked out after the fight and they were like, 'You actually have a torn ACL.' So I was like, 'Wow!' That also just goes to show my fighting spirit. I fought a whole round against Tokoro with a broken jaw, and I fought three five-minute rounds against Joe Warren with a torn ACL. So you can't just stop me, you know what I mean? You've gotta turn my lights off. That just shows me how tough I am and how much willpower and heart that I have."

Even though the surgery put him out of action for a while, the timing isn't bad given that he's returning on a card where he could challenge either the winner or the loser of the main event if he wins.

"Everything fell in place at the right time. It's a great opportunity in front of me and I'm looking to make the most of it, you know? You know it's just crazy how things happen. I can't predict anything or tell you how it happened or why it happened, but I'm happy that I'm in the position that I'm in and I'm looking to make the most of the opportunity that I have."

It's a unique situation with both men coming off a loss yet still in the hunt for the 135-pound belt, which goes to show just how competitive it is at the top of this division.

"Yeah, absolutely man. My goal since I really got serious about this sport has been to be a world champion. That's always been my goal and Marcos Galvao is standing in front of that goal so I'm going to have to knock him down."

"Knocking down" Galvao is about the only thing Eduardo Dantas didn't do in their match. in every other way, he bloodied, battered and bruised his foe to take the title. Davis says that made the scouting report easier for Bellator 166.

"I feel like Dantas pretty much gave the blueprint on how to beat him. He just picked him apart on his feet, made him kind of look silly -- not to be rude -- but, yeah. he kinda just outclassed him. I feel like I can do the same things. I feel like I have the same footwork and hand speed that Dantas has, and I feel like I also have a little more power than Dantas, so hopefully I can shut the lights off, too."

Even though Galvao wasn't finished in the fight, Davis believes it could have been stopped before round five.

"Honestly, I thought his corner probably could have stopped the fight, or someone probably should have stopped the fight. I thought he took a little more damage than he needed to, and it's going to be interesting to see how he bounces back from that. Sometimes fighters take a lot of damage like that and never really recover, but only time will tell if they made the smart move by letting him take that extra five-minute beating."

You can't take anything away from Galvao's heart in that fight, whether it was good for his health or not, and Davis gives his opponent that respect going into this Spike TV-televised showdown.

"I think his back should be against the wall, guys are always dangerous coming off a loss, but (it's the) same for me. I think my back's against the wall (too) so I'm expecting the best Marcos Galvao and a tough fight, but I'm expecting to get my hand raised."

No matter how the fight goes, Davis vows he'll get the win and be the one moving up the 135-pound ladder.

"I love pleasing the fans and I love putting on exciting fights, but I'm not trying to take damage like that, it's never good for the fighter. But yeah, I'm down to brawl, that's kind of my fighting style -- that's my fighting spirit. Someone hits me, I'm gonna hit 'em back, you're probably going to get that no matter what with me."

Prepare for a Bellator brawl with heart and fighting spirit this Friday night at WinStar World Casino and Resort. Meanwhile, check out complete audio of the interview in the video player above and complete Bellator MMA coverage can be found right here on fight night.