March 21, 2013

No more inner conflict to this born fighter

By Steve Craig
Staff Writer

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Marcus Davis, Jess Liaudin
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Another one bites the canvas as Marcus Davis knocks out Jess Liaudin during their UFC 80 bout at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, on Jan. 19, 2008.

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Bangor’s Marcus Davis, also known as The Irish Hand Grenade, expects to put the big hurt on his foe Thursday night during Mixed Martial Arts matches at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

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WHERE: Androscoggin Bank Colisee

WHEN: Thursday, doors open at 7 p.m. 


LIVE COVERAGE: Spike TV, at 10 p.m.

Rebney added that Spiritwolf, despite his losing record, "is a wickedly exciting fighter who has fought some of the top names and this is by no means a walkover fight."

The 10-fight card begins at 8 p.m., with preliminary bouts available on


Davis boxed both as an amateur and professional, compiling a 17-1-2 professional record, primarily as a junior middleweight, before starting his MMA career. He has fought in nine different countries, adding Sweden to the list last October in his most recent bout, a victory by decision.

"For me (fighting is) almost an addiction. I've been doing it my whole life. I started when I was 8 years old and here I am 40 this year," Davis said. "It's become part of me and what I do. I go a couple of days and if I'm not doing something fighting related I have almost withdrawals."

He owns and operates two Team Irish MMA training facilities, one in Brewer, the other in Portland. He is a personal trainer for 15 private clients, about half of whom are aspiring or current fighters. He said he has a book deal on MMA training techniques in the works.

It's been quite a trip, Davis said, particularly when he thinks about his youth as a "troubled kid," with "a huge problem" with male authority figures. He ended up being placed in the Maine Youth Center at the age of 15.

"Fighting has done so much ... for me and my family and it's helped me grow as a person," Davis said.


In Davis' corner tonight will be Jorge Gurgel. The two met as cast members of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality show often credited with thrusting the sport to national attention.

Getting off a hotel elevator on Tuesday, Davis said, "reality shows are the worst," but agreed it was a tremendous boost to his MMA career.

It also created a strong bond between Davis and Gurgel.

Gurgel, like Davis both a fighter and trainer, recalled their early days together on The Ultimate Fighter.

"Marcus, he wanted to be done with the sport," Gurgel said. "I'm the one who kept him in it. I told him, 'You are a true fighter. You're one of the true gut fighters. You are not even close to being done in this sport.'"

It turned out Davis' friend was correct.

Now a new door, with a new MMA organization, is about to open.

For Davis it's a chance to reclaim a bit of the spotlight.

More important, it's a chance to do what he feels he was meant to do. 

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