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L.C. Davis Goes For Glory
IOWA CITY, Ia. — L.C. Davis is preparing for his biggest fight in his young Mixed Martial Arts professional career. A two-year veteran, Davis has yet to taste defeat in nine previous fights and he is one fight from claiming the International Fight League Grand Prix lightweight championship.
IFL introduced the concept of team fighters representing cities but after their team championships, they have a Grand Prix in which star performers have their chance for individual glory and Davis will be fighting Brazilian Wayne Fabiano, one of the IFL’s best ground fighters.
A year ago, Davis was coaching Wrestling at Pratt Community college before he decided to try his hand of becoming a Mixed Martial Art star. Leaving Pratt, Kansas, he moved to the Quad City to train under Pat Miletich at his world renowned Mixed Martial School.
Miletich is a five time world champion and now heads one of the best Martial schools. The Quad City Silverbacks routinely are one of the best team of martial artists in the IFL and Miletich’s coaching is one reason, if not the main reason. Davis goal of becoming a world champions started with his training under Pat Malevich.
Davis was a competitive wrestler in college and his skill as wrestler aided his accent into the Mixed Martial Artist. “In the street, 90 percent of your fights end up on the ground and in many Mixed Martial arts, many fights also end up on the canvas,” Davis noted.
He quipped that many Mixed Martial artists don’t like to hit with punches and look for ways to get their opponents on the ground. Davis continued that his wrestling skills add to his advantage as many martial arts begin with excellent skills with hands and feet but often are like fishes out of water when on the ground.
Davis contends it is easier to develop the striking skills than the grappling skills and this could be seen by the fact that much of the early Mixed Martial Artists had Jiu Jitsu skills. Many successful American Mixed Martial Artists often come from wrestling background and Davis is no exception.
Davis added, “I hear Floyd Mayweather wants to try his hand at the Mixed Martial Arts. What he will find that just being a good boxer will not be enough. Unless he hits a Martial Artist with a solid shot; he will have difficulty even with the average Mixed Martial Artist. Boxers will find that without ground skills, they will not be able to win.”
About his wrestling skills, Davis added, “Wrestling prepared me for one on one competition and the tough training as a Wrestling has served me well in my Mixed Martial Arts career.”
He’s supplemented his wrestling background with striking techniques. “My biggest strength is my adaptability to fight different style,” Davis commented.
His last fight against Connor Heun propelled him into the Grand Prix. Going into the team semifinal, Davis was an alternate and not expected to fight. On Tuesday, he was told that he was fighting on Saturday and he had a match the previous Saturday.
“I didn’t feel prepared and with a fight just the week before, I really didn’t want to fight,” Davis said, “My training came through and I managed to win a decision.”
He added, “This fight gave me confidence.” His next bout will be against Wayne Fabiano of the Toronto Dragons. “Fabiano is one of the best ground fighters and I want to keep standing and depend upon my striking skills, ” Davis commented.
Fabiano’s background is as a jiu Jitsui fighter and his skills as a ground fighter is well known and respected. Fabiano will be Davis’ toughest opponent.
Davis’ goal is to become a world champion and this fight is a step in that direction. On December 29th at the Mohegan Sun, his quest for championship glory begins.
Davis left his steady job as coach to pursue his dream and he concluded, “After my fighting days, I hope to give back as a coach.” Davis is a true warrior at the beginning of his career.
Only time will tell if he succeeds.