Not long ago, former UFC competitor Marcus Davis decided to try the experiment that so many fighters do to try and improve their standing in the sport.
He decided to cut weight and drop down to a lower weight class.
Davis first made the move while still in the UFC when he dropped down to 155 pounds and faced Jeremy Stephens at UFC 125. While Davis lost the fight in the end, he looked strong through the first two rounds and it seemed he had found a new home at lightweight.
The results were short-lived however.
For his first fight in his post-UFC career, Davis took on Curtis DeMarce in the MFC and his second trip to lightweight was almost disastrous.
“It’s kind of scary to say this but that fight almost killed me, making that weight,” Davis told MMAWeekly Radio recently. “I had a really, really, really bad time and I still made the weight, but I’ll never ever be able to do that again.”
At the weigh-ins, Davis literally lost his voice because he was so dehydrated and when his opponent was talking trash to him on the stage, he couldn’t even respond because his throat was so coarse.
Davis made the weight and ultimately won the fight, but the war with weight cutting definitely didn’t end well.
“After that, I think I was all the way down to 154 (pounds) when I ended up weighing in and that fight was on a Friday. That Monday I was 207, so it had nothing to do with my overeating. It had to do with my body freaked out and thought that I might torture it again like that so it just held onto everything,” Davis said.
His body was in so much shock from the weight cut that Davis says he literally couldn’t go to the bathroom for several days. Even after the cut to 155 was over, Davis’ body was just not reacting the way it should have, and when he accepted his next fight at welterweight he assumed everything would be fine.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Davis took a fight with Pete Spratt just two months later, but his body was still struggling to cut weight and that was the wake-up call that the Maine native needed to know that getting back to lightweight was something he’d never do again.
“Saying it was a hard cut to go to 155 is one thing, but you know I fought Pete Spratt about eight weeks later and I had difficulty making 170. What was weird was I followed the same routine cause I got into panic mode cause I wasn’t losing any weight, so I went to my 155-pound diet and my body still wouldn’t let that weight go. I had a really tough time with those two fights,” Davis said.
Now that his health is back in order and he’s got his body under control, Davis has embraced his roll as a welterweight fighter. His last two fights have been at 170 pounds and when he faces former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor Chuck O’Neil this weekend he’ll again be a welterweight.
“My body’s back being adjusted for 170,” said Davis. “That probably was the best fit and the strongest that I’ve been in a long time.”
Davis admits it was a scary time for him and his family as he went through the weight cutting struggles, but he’s now back at welterweight and intends on staying there for the foreseeable future.
“I honestly don’t think my body would allow me to do it, and if I did, I wouldn’t want to know what it could do to my health in the long run,” said Davis. “I made a promise to my wife that I wasn’t going to do that again.”
Davis will stick to his welterweight diet and face off against Chuck O’Neil in the main event of the W1 event in Florida this weekend.