The Boston Herald has an interview with Marcus Davis where he seems to think that weight lifting was somehow responsible for all his recent losses. Sure, it’s a legitimate gripe when you injure yourself doing it like Davis did training for Mike Swick, but I don’t see how there’s some sort of nefarious general downside to weights that caused him to drop his Hardy and Saunders fights. Especially that Saunders fight – he could have stepped into the cage wearing a full suit of armor and he still would have gone down after what that guy did to him.
Regardless, Davis doesn’t sound quite as hyped as he used to be about the future of his career since The Troubles. Here he is talking about retirement:
Davis will turn 37 in August and though fighters like Randy Couture and Mark Coleman are fighting well into their 40’s, he has no plans to do so. He’s already planning out a post-fighting future. He owns two Team Irish mixed martial arts gyms in Maine, has done fight analyst work and owns a clothing business.
“I have no interest in fighting into my 40’s. I’m not going to be that one-dimensional fighter that takes all of his money and blows it,” he said. “I still live in Bangor, Maine. I live a modest lifestyle. I learned from being a boxer and watching what happened to boxers.”
Though he wouldn’t say for sure, 2010 could be the final fight year for “The Irish Hand Grenade.”
“I’m going to finish out this contract, get my four fights through and then talk to my family and see what happens,” said Davis. “That’s what crazy about this, I could win four fights and get a title shot. You just don’t know what’s going to happen. Then I’ll talk to my family and figure out if I should keep on going or not.”
Take note, ultimate fighters: there’s no better financial planner than a broke ass boxer living in a shack nearby. Davis is making 27k/27k, but if he’s been smart and squirreling his bonus money away, he might be one of the few mid-level MMA fighters capable of retiring at a reasonable time before fights are less about competing and more about paying the bills.