Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis has joined Antonio McKee and Brandon Vera among the notable names receiving their release after losing performances last weekend at UFC 125. Though the popular 37-year old had initially appeared to be winning his match-up against Jeremy Stephens he was caught with a stiff shot midway through the third round and knocked out as a result. The defeat was Davis’ fourth in his last five Octagon appearances.
News of the cut was confirmed by Five Ounces of Pain with Davis’ management as word of the UFC‘s decision broke on MMAJunkie.
Davis exits the Octagon after starting out his four-year run in the company with an 8-1 record including a 2009 win over Chris Lytle (8-2 if counting a cut-based loss to Melvin Guillard in 2005 before joining the regular rotation). The former professional boxer is expected to field offers from other promotions with his focus remaining on the lightweight division.