Heavy-handed (and we do mean that) UFC welterweight Marcus Davis is apparently going all out with training leading up to his fight at UFC 89 “Bisping vs. Leben”. The man known as “The Irish Hand Grenade”, suffered a somewhat controversial decision loss to Mike “Quick” Swick at UFC 85 in July, but had strung together a very impressive 11 fight win streak beforehand.
Being one to recover quickly and never be deterred of his aspirations of a title shot in the stacked 170 lbs. division, Davis accepted a fight with Englishman Paul Kelly. Kelly, who also sports a dangerous stand-up game, trains alongside Michael Bisping at the increasingly-famed Wolfslair gym. Marcus pens a blog for Yahoo! Eurosport, and stated he’s training longer and harder than ever for this crucial fight.
Usually at this point in my training, I would be tapering down in the lead up to my fight – but this time I am going to push it really hard until about a week before the fight. I normally start to cool down about two weeks before a fight, but I am going to be working hard for an extra week or so for this fight, with two strength and conditioning work outs this week and a lot of sparring.
In the past I have tapered earlier because of the amount of heavy weightlifting I used to do. I would be bench-pressing and squatting 400lb in my training, and you need the time off before the fight for your body to recuperate.
But this time I am training differently. I want to stay sharp, be very fast and light on my feet. My footwork is what’s going to win this fight for me, not my strength, so I have laid off the weights a little.
Thanks for the team I have here, I am in unbelievable shape. I have (six-time UFC veteran and Jiu-Jitsu Brazilian black-belt) Jorge Gurgel in camp with me in Boston, along with my other team-mates Kenny Florian, Patrick Cote and Din Thomas. They have got me in the shape of my life and I am really glad to have them behind me.
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