Former IFL featherweight title challenger L.C. Davis has signed a three-fight non-exclusive contract with Affliction.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com confirmed the news on Thursday with Davis’ trainer and manager, Pat Miletich.
Reports circulated over the summer that Davis had been added as an injury replacement for Cub Swanson in a 145 pound encounter against Hiroyuki Takaya at WEC 35 on Aug. 3. However, the bout was eventually scrapped for reasons that were not made available at the time.
According to Miletich, it was their desire to begin competing for the WEC but that negotiations fell through while trying to finalize a contract.
Davis, a product of Miletich Fighting Systems in Bettendorf, Iowa, began his professional MMA career with a 9-0 record. He made his IFL debut in just his seventh pro fight, submitting Jay Estrada in the second round with a guillotine during the promotion’s Chicago event in May of 2007.
After taking a fight outside of the IFL, Davis returned during the league’s 2007 team semifinals in East Rutherford, N.J. in August of that year. Facing current EliteXC lightweight Conor Heun, Davis improved his record to 9-0 with a split decision victory.
The win earned him an opportunity to face Wagnney Fabiano for the then-vacant IFL featherweight title during the promotion’s World Grand Prix finals last December. But the jiu-jitsu black belt proved to be too much for the young Davis, who was forced to tap to an armbar at 3:38 of round 1.
Davis rebounded during the IFL’s return to the Izod Center in East Rutherford this past April, where he knocked out Rafael Dias with a head kick.