UFC 118: Diaz vs. Davis is Downright Delightful

UFC 118: Diaz Vs. Davis Is Downright DelightfulThis Saturday marks the wrap up of a jam-packed Mixed Martial Arts month of August, and some very nice fights live at The TD Garden in Boston. The main card brings us the lightweight title rematch, 3 fights showing who is who in three different weight classes, and a boxing vs. MMA heavyweight grudge match.

One fight sticks out to the fans as a slugfest in the making and pairs two welterweights who are both coming off of brutal TKO victories early in their fights. Both fighters are boxing and jiu jitsu based so where ever this fight goes the fans in for an exciting thrill ride or a devastating finish. Marcus Davis and Nate Diaz plan to open up the UFC 118 main card live in person and on Pay Per View.

Marcus Davis (17-6 MMA) has been working hard with team Sityodtong and is coming off a second round knockout over Jonathan Goulet at UFC 113. Team Sityodtong is a very reputable under the radar gym, who actually had no loses in the span from UFC 67 to UFC 85. Marcus has raw KO power in his hands with 12 of his 17 wins coming by way of TKO/KO.

Davis would love a rematch against Dan Hardy whom he lost close split decision to at UFC 99. An impressive finish over Diaz would propel him in the right direction to make that happen.  Davis has always been a tough fighter and was never finished by TKO/KO until his recent fight with Ben Saunders and his Muay Thai clinch.

Nate Diaz (17-5 MMA) has been riding strong since his first round domination over Rory Markham who missed weight by 7 pounds forcing the fight to be at Middleweight. Nate trains at Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu and owns a very dangerous brown belt and tough submission game with 8 of 17 being submissions. While Nate doesn’t have the raw power boxing pedigree like Marcus, His long reach, speed, and great accuracy with strikes makes him one of the best multi dimensional fighters in the UFC.

Key to win

Diaz has great footwork, that when paired with his reach could cause problems and frustrate Davis. Diaz needs to pepper from the outside early in the fight and if he can’t stop Davis’s onslaught, bring it to the mat before things get out of control and look to submit Davis.

Davis needs to corner Nate from moving around the octagon and bring strong punches that throw Nate off his game plan. When rocked constantly, Nate tends to lay off his jab and start working for the takedown. If Davis can stay busy and stop the takedowns he will be in a good position for a finish or decision.

This fight has fireworks, and lots of variables which makes this fight a must see.

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UFC 118: Diaz Vs. Davis Is Downright Delightful
UFC 118: Diaz Vs. Davis Is Downright Delightful

UFC 118: Diaz Vs. Davis Is Downright Delightful

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