by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
One of the match-ups on this Sunday’s King of the Cage Canada show iun Calgary, Alberta features two fighters who are going in distinctly different directions, as Canadian welterweight Garrett Davis takes on Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch.
After having a rough start in his MMA career, the Canadian Davis has won his last five fights in a row and hopes to add to his winning streak against Ritch, who has lost his last ten fights.
Even though both fighters are in very different places in their careers, Garrett is nonetheless excited about the fight and what it could do for his career.
“I’m pretty stoked about it,” said Davis of his fight against Ritch. “It’s pretty cool going in against somebody as experienced as Shannon. He’s fought pretty much everybody out there, so it’s going to be a good experience for me.”
Should Garrett defeat Ritch, it will add to an already great 2006 campaign that has mirrored his 2005 efforts thus far.
“I fought in the first Elite Fighting show in March against Derick Downey and won that fight,” commented Davis. “Then I fought again in April in the first ever MMA event in Nova Scotia, the Extreme Cage Combat, against Rowan Cunningham and I won that as well.”
Davis continued, “Last year, I went 3-0 as well and had a pretty good year. The last fight I lost was in October of 2004. I was pretty bummed about it and got injured in the fight, so I took time off after that, then got back into it. [I] changed my training, diet, the whole routine, and it’s been working for me.”
When it comes to fighting Ritch, Davis feels that if he can keep his cool during the early part of the fight, his ground skills could prove to be the equalizer.
“I’m definitely known for my Jiu-Jitsu. Of the ten fights I’ve won, they’ve either been submission or TKO from ground and pound, but I’ve been working on my stand-up a lot lately,” explained Garrett. “I know Shannon has good kickboxing. Almost all of his wins are from submissions, so he’s pretty much a threat all around. From what I understand, he comes out like a ball of fire but then calms down pretty quickly, so if I can withstand that initial onslaught, I should be fine.”
A win over Ritch would be a great segue into the rest of the year, and Davis wants to stay busy.
“I want to fight as much as possible,” said Garrett. “I’m hoping to get another fight in July. They’re trying to get a KOTC somewhere in B.C. [British Columbia]. I’m not sure if that’s going to happen. If not, there are two other events. One [is] in Halifax, an Extreme Cage Combat I’ll probably fight on… or a show in Vancouver, the NFC [National Fighting Challenge].”
Davis added, “Aside from that, I think there’s going to be another Elite Fight, which I’m looking forward to doing, or another KOTC by early fall. I’ll fight on any show, and hopefully I can follow in the footsteps of a former training partner, Denis Kang, and get to fight sometime in Japan.”
Garrett ended the conversation by urging fans to come out to Calgary this Sunday to watch him fight for KOTC Canada, and by thanking those who have supported him.
“Hopefully, a lot of people come out. It’s probably one of my bigger fights, and I want to go out, put on a good show, and make it real exciting,” said Davis. “I’ve got to thank my teammates, Marcus Soares, Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Team, Tony Pep, and Universal Mixed Martial Arts. Also thanks to my sponsors, Iceberg Vodka and Cedar Roofs Only, and all my family, and all my friends.”