Marcus Davis’ move to the lightweight division is official as the former pro boxer will make his 155lb debut at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day against heavy handed slugger Jeremy Stephens.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up on Wednesday, with bout agreements issued and expected to be signed shortly. The fight was originally reported by MMAJunkie.com.
It’s been an up and down past couple of years for former “Ultimate Fighter” season 2 competitor Marcus Davis (17-7), who after making a run at the top ten not long ago, has suffered losses in three out of his last four fights.
Deciding that a cut to 155lbs was the best way to give new life to his fight career, Davis will see how the lightweight division fits him when he drops down to the new weight class in January.
It’s also been a back and forth ride for Jeremey Stephens (18-6) over his last few fights going 2-2 overall in his last four. Known as a slugger with huge knockout power, Stephens swung big in his last fight against Melvin Guillard at UFC 119, but couldn’t seem to catch him throughout the three rounds and lost a split decision.
Facing another accomplished stand-up fighter might be just the medicine the doctor ordered as Stephens looks to go toe-to-toe with Davis in January.