by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
ON THE RISE – LC DAVIS
Name: LC Davis
Professional Record: 13-1
Notable Wins: Conor Heun, Rafael Dias, Bao Quach
LC Davis left a full-time job to pursue his dream. The Kansas City resident wanted to take his career to the next level and made the decision to move to Bettendorf, Iowa, home to Miletich Fighting Systems.
“I doubted myself and doubted if it was something that I wanted to do,” revealed Davis. “All of my family and friends believed in me and told me that ‘if you want something, go get it’. They all talked me into going after my dream so I did it.”
Miletich Fighting Systems has been responsible for producing many champions and future hall-of-famers including names such as Matt Hughes, Tim Sylvia, and Jens Pulver. When Pat Miletich predicts one of his fighters to be ‘next best thing’, that means something.
“It’s tough. The intensity of the sparring and grappling sessions is like no other,” commented the former assistant wrestling coach at Pratt Community College. “I’ve been to a couple of other gyms and I have yet to see a place that spars as hard as we do. The one big attribute of Miletich is the guys are tough. We bang; we fight every day.”
For those who have never seen LC fight, he describes himself as “an aggressive, exciting fighter. I try to be well-rounded and I think that I’m pretty athletic and explosive.”
Davis’ hard work and training almost came to fruition when he faced IFL Featherweight Champion Wagnney Fabiano late last year. Unfortunately, his title shot was cut short when Davis succumbed to an armbar by the crafty Brazilian. The setback was a learning experience for LC who suffered the first professional loss of his career.
“I went into that fight a little unprepared. My ground skills on my back were not up to par. I made a couple of rookie mistakes,” explained Davis. “I think Wagnney is definitely a top ten guy at 145. I wasn’t my best that night and I think would have a better performance if I get another chance to fight him.”
“I’m always going to be an aggressive fighter. I just think with a guy like that I should have been more patient. I learned from it and I’m glad it happened. It’s made me a better fighter,” humbled Davis.
Since his defeat to Wagnney Fabiano, Davis rebounded with an impressive knockout victory over Rafael Dias. He has reeled off four straight victories including a very exciting win over the tough Bao Quach at Affliction’s second event.
The Miletich fighter continues to train and awaits UFC veteran Michihiro Omigawa in the first round of Sengoku’s inaugural featherweight grand prix.
“Look out for LC Davis. My best fights are still to come.”