Before Conor McGregor, there was “The Irish Hand Grenade” Marcus Davis. Although Davis is as American as it could get, he still represented Ireland to the fullest. After retiring from the sport via a Youtube comment in 2014, Davis has recently announced his comeback to the sport. Davis will be competing at Premier FC 31. The event is scheduled for October 3rd at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass.
The Return of the Irish Hand Grenade
New UFC fans who aren’t privy to the world of MMA may tell you that Conor McGregor put Ireland on the map. They might say he introduced the sport of UFC to the Irish. However, hardcore fans know that Marcus Davis has always represented the Irish to the fullest. He was one of the first to light the fire of the Celtic spirit. Unfortunately, Davis called it quits back in 2014 after a TKO loss to Ryan Sanders at NEF: Fight Night 12.
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Before this COVID19 debacle I was working 2 jobs 60 hrs a week. Traveling up to 15-20 hrs from home to both jobs. I barely time to train myself. Maybe 20 min a day but running on fumes. Well now that I’m teaching both group classes and private lessons on Zoom I end up doing the sessions with group classes and with all the down time- diets in check, book is almost finished and training up to 3 times a day. In 3 months I’ll be 47 years old and I’m better ‘health’ than I was in my final 3 years in the UFC . Been able to turn a very bad situation into at least something thing positive.
Marcus Davis vs Nick Alley
However, Marcus Davis will be making his return to the sport. The announcement came from Premier FC’s Instagram.
“It’s official!! @marcuspauldavis will be stepping in the cage for his #comebackfight against @nick_jc_alley #oct3 at #massmutualcenter #mmaworld #mmafights #irishhandgrenade #ufcfighter #bellator #premierfc31 #pfc31,” wrote the organization.
Where Are They Now?
Although Davis hasn’t been actively competing, he’s still an active member of the sport. has spent his time coaching Muay Thai, MMA clinching, and No-Gi jiu-jitsu at Tapout Fitness. The gym is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and offers a variety of MMA classes including free classes from time to time using an Open House method.
Davis has also cornered UFC fighter Tim Boetsch in several of his fights. Perhaps Boetsch will return the favor when Davis takes on Nick Alley. Nonetheless, it’s good to see the return of “The Irish Hand Grenade.”