Peter Davis’ name has become synonymous with Malaysian MMA. He has fought on every single ONE Championship card ever held in Kuala Lumpur and has more wins for the promotion than any other fighter on the roster.
Davis’ status as a successful model and actor has generated some cynicism in the MMA world, but he has repeatedly proven the doubters wrong with performances inside the ONE Championship cage where the 33-year-old has claimed six wins so far.
The latest of those wins was also the most impressive as he finished tough Filipino lightweight Vaughn Donayre with a barrage of ground and pound late in the opening round. Davis believes it was one of his most memorable performances.
“It was one of my most exciting fights for sure with some stand-up and moving into a flowing ground game after a failed guillotine. It was a fight where I was quite focused and pushed forward at every opportunity.”
The fight was stopped with just ten seconds remaining in the opening round much to Davis’ relief because he says he was hindered by multiple injuries going into that bout.
“I knew I was running out of time and I pushed the pace as hard as I could. I got off a bunch of clean shots and was happy that the ref jumped in. I managed to injure both knees in training and it kind of hampered my cardio, so with that huge gas expenditure at the end of the first, I think I would have had some issues if it had gone another round.”
Next up for the Malaysian is a bout with former SFL 155-pound champion Rajinder Singh Meena at ONE: Age of Champions, which is taking place at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur this Friday night. Davis expects another early finish.
“He’s got a decent record, decent striking too, and looks hard to submit, although I’m not too worried about his grappling being too offensive. Eight wins and one loss with lots of first-round finishes, I like first-round finishes, but only if they go in my favor!”
Davis’ six ONE Championship wins have all come courtesy of a stoppage with four TKOs and two submissions. He fought on the promotion’s second ever show back at the beginning of 2012 and has seen the local MMA scene grow exponentially.
“Massive changes, the level of MMA training has increased from zero to awesome. Some of the new guys are hard chasing the tails of the Malaysian vets and the community has grown and is slowly maturing with experience. It’s nice to see and with any luck it will continue down that path.”
One major change to the MMA scene in Malaysia has been the involvement of telecommunications company Tune Talk. In addition to sponsoring ONE Championship, the company has also launched its own amateur tournament, which is approaching its third season.
Davis thinks that having such a prominent amateur tournament in Malaysia has helped what was once an obscure and relatively unknown sport to achieve widespread acceptance.
“Tune Talk have helped to take the sport to new levels of public awareness and have helped to make it mainstream blasting it all over the media. MIMMA gives young guys (and now girls with season 3) the chance to gain experience and test themselves like never before. It truly brings MMA to a grass root level.”
To many, Davis is the face of Malaysian MMA and he has helped to play an integral part in the sport’s growth with some crowd pleasing performances for ONE Championship in Kuala Lumpur, a trend the famous model and actor hopes will continue on Friday night.
“This time, I’m ready to go the full three rounds if I have to, but if the finish is there I’m always going to go for it. ONE FC is just getting bigger and bigger and I’m really happy to be a part of it and to be representing Malaysia on the biggest stage in Asian MMA.”
ONE: Age of Champions is set for Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, March 13. Fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming and the event will be available for purchase at just US$9.99 from http://www.onefc.com/livestream.
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