by Samantha L. Johnson for MMAWeekly.com
Coming off a hard fought win over
Deividas Taurosevicius in March, Kansas City native L.C. Davis is preparing for
another war against Josh Grispi at WEC 49 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on
Sunday night. When Grispi was first offered to Davis, he was unsure of the
match since “The Fluke” has been out of competition since defeating Jens Pulver
in June of 2009.
“I didn’t know what was next after
Deividas,” said Davis. “I kinda actually had forgot
about Josh Grispi… then (the WEC) brought it up and it makes sense. We’re both
3-0, the winner will be 4-0 and close to a title shot.”
Both men have notable wins over
some of the WEC’s top guys, Grispi over Jens Pulver and Davis over Javier
Vasquez. If Davis can pull out a win over Grispi, he will inch closer to title
contention and possibly face number one contender Manny Gamburyan next.
“I work for the WEC, so I’m going
to do whatever they tell me to,” said Davis. “I feel like if I win this fight I
need to be fighting either Manny for the number one spot or (Jose) Aldo for the
With a professional record of
16-2 (3-0 in the WEC) and his last five fights going to decision, Davis has
more experience than the 22-year-old Gripsi. “The
Fluke” has only gone to a decision once in his 14 fights; every other fight has
been over within the first five minutes. Davis feels that should play in his
favor, especially if he can push the pace into the later rounds.
“I think the longer the fight
goes I’ll be able to see (ring rust) and be able to take advantage of it,”
explained Davis. “I think he’s such a fast starter and fights at such a rapid
pace, I think even if he didn’t have ring rust he can’t really keep that pace
up for 15 minutes. I don’t know if anyone can.”
To prepare for the explosive
Grispi, Davis once again took up camp with Xtreme
Couture in Las Vegas. The gym hosts some of the UFC’s top lightweights and they
have aided Davis in training for the 13-1 Grispi. For Davis, there are several
advantages to training with fighters that are a weight class above him, never
having to worry about fighting any of his training partners among them.
“One of the reasons I like to
come to Xtreme Couture is because they have so many
great 155-pounders, but they don’t really have many 145-pounders,” said Davis.
“I don’t really want to be training with these guys that I will possibly be
fighting, like Tyson (Griffin) and Evan Dunham.”
In addition to never having to
worry about fighting your training partners if you train up, Davis also has the
ability to condition his body to fight against a larger, stronger opponent. At five-feet-11-inches
Grispi is one of the largest featherweights the WEC has on its roster. However,
Davis trains with men larger than him all the time and doesn’t feel Grispi’s size will give him any advantage.
“He’s pretty thick. He’s a big
145-pounder,” said Davis. “Coming off the fight with Deividas, who is another
big 145-pounder, I think strength-wise and athletically-wise I can match up
with pretty much anybody. So I’m not really looking at that as an advantage.”
Having prepared to the best of
his ability, Davis knows now all he can do is come out hard and fast against
Grispi. Looking to keep the pace high and hold the intensity at a level that Gripsi cannot match, Davis plans on fighting fire with fire
on Saturday evening in Edmonton.
Samantha L. Johnson is a freelance writer originally from Southeast
Idaho, currently living in Las Vegas, NV. Visit her website for her ramblings of on living in
the MMA Mecca.