American Kickboxing Academy standout Mike Swick might have been the only one not cheering for Marcus Davis after his UFC 89 fight with Paul Kelly.
On the DQ list after a longstanding injury to his right elbow forced him into surgery, Swick had healed enough to accept a fight with Jonathan Goulet at “UFC Fights for the Troops” on December 10. His last fight, a unanimous decision victory over Davis at UFC 85, had been a positive step forward in his career as a welterweight. But when Davis gave a victory speech on Saturday, his opinion of the popular welterweight changed.
“I would have never mentioned it had he not said anything, but it really upset me,” Swick told MMAInsider on Monday. “The first thing he said is ‘it’s really tough coming off a loss and an injury.’ He talks about being a warrior, and as soon as he loses, he starts making excuses.”
In interviews leading up to the Saturday night fight, Davis said a shoulder injury had contributed to his loss, a statement Swick bristles at.
“That’s very disrespectful to take the fight away from somebody when they dominate you,” Swick said. “It’s especially disrespectful when a guy who dominated you is more injured than you are. I was told not to even take the fight. I took the fight, I never said a word about anything, and then after the fight, I went straight back here and had surgery. Basically just recovering enough to fight in December, and he gets done with the fight and takes another fight instantly. And he’s gonna go with all these excuses about being injured. I just don’t think it’s very warrior-like.”
Swick was particularly caught off guard by the comments because Davis had been so friendly in the past. In the ensuing chatter after Davis’ most recent fight, Swick says the comments have armed critics who were looking to bash him at every turn. He felt he had to fire back.
“You’re talking about a guy who says we’re going to fight chin for chin, then for the first two rounds, he tries to take me down,” Swick said. “What’s up with that?”
Though he hasn’t written off Davis completely, Swick says the experience was an eye-opener.
“You can’t knowingly take a fight and if it doesn’t work out in your favor, cry injury,” Swick said. “That’s just the bottom line.”