by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
Just a couple months ago, the future looked uncertain for L.C. Davis.
Coming off only the second loss of his pro career in March, combined with the cancellation of Affliction: Trilogy in late July, Davis was in need of a fresh start.
Enter World Extreme Cagefighting.
Since signing with the WEC, Davis has won back-to-back fights over two of the most formidable opponents in the featherweight division in Javier Vazquez and Diego Nunes. He is now on track to become one of the premier fighters at 145 pounds.
“I’m happy with my performance,” Davis told MMAWeekly.com of his win over Nunes this past Wednesday at WEC 44. “I haven’t seen the fight yet, so I can’t judge all of it, but I’m happy I stuck with my game plan.
“I went into the fight wanting to use my wrestling, keep him guessing, and I think I was able to do that. I think that definitely gave me the advantage and helped me win the fight.”
Coming off a close split decision win over Vazquez in August had Davis wanting to make a statement against Nunes.
“I definitely wanted to win in a dominating fashion,” he admitted. “My last fight some people said was controversial – and it was a very close fight that could have gone either way – but I do think I won that fight.
“This fight I was really determined to win convincingly. I wanted to be a mixed martial artist and come with a mixed bag of tricks and keep him guessing. I was able to do that and I definitely think that’s what kept him off balance and lead to me getting the victory.”
Having won three of four fights this year, including stopping Bao Quach’s 10-fight winning streak in January, has Davis’ future looking brighter than ever, and he plans to take advantage of that.
“I’m going to just keep taking it one fight at a time, keep improving on my training, and try to win the next one,” he commented. “I’m not looking too far ahead, but the belt is definitely something that is my goal at the end of the journey.
“Whatever the WEC has in store for me, I’ll be ready for the challenge.”
With the crowning of a new 145-pound champion in Jose Aldo later in the evening, and former champions Mike Brown and Urijah Faber looking to get back into the mix, Davis has no shortage of tough opposition.
“Jose Aldo is a beast, he’s amazing, and I’m very impressed by him, but I think I can fight with anybody in the weight class,” stated Davis. “I think I have enough athleticism, strength, and explosiveness to match up with anyone.
“I’m going to keep learning, getting better, and keep preparing to get to the level where those guys are, and when the time comes, I think I’ll be ready for it.”
Back on track and seemingly better than ever, next year could very well be the breakout year for Davis.
“I’d like to thank my sponsors: RevGear, Polanti Watches, Future Clothing, Cage Fighter, Mobile Wiring and all my training partners, coaches and trainers at MFS and Xtreme Couture,” concluded Davis. “I also want to thank God for his many blessings.
“Just stay tuned for L.C. Davis, because 2010 is going to be my year. I’m going after it full-go and am going to try to make a run for the title.”