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With a victory over opponent Kyung Ho Kang (15-8 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC 241 on Saturday night, Davis (10-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) believes the matchup with “Suga” may finally come to fruition.
UFC 241 takes place Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.
Mississippi native Davis already called out O’Malley (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) once, following his victory at UFC 236 in April. Just days later, the opportunity was lost when O’Malley was booked for a bout at UFC 239. O’Malley was subsequently removed from the booking after being flagged by the U. S. Anti-Doping Agency.
While he missed out on the fight he wanted earlier this year, Davis plans on challenging O’Malley a second time if he wins at UFC 241. If he gets a microphone in front of his face post-fight, expect a callout from “Killer B.”
“If I win, which I plan to, it’s a fight and anyone can win, I’m going to hopefully go out there and get a finish,” Davis told MMA Junkie. “(O’Malley) is the first guy I’m calling out. I mean, why wouldn’t they do that fight? We both like to stand and bang.”
Though his hopes for a potential O’Malley matchup persist, Davis recognizes he must first tackle the challenge at hand. South Korea’s Kang has won four of his last five outings under the UFC banner. In his most recent fight, Kang defeated Teruto Ishihara at UFC 234 via first-round submission.
“(Kang) is a tough opponent,” Davis said. “The dude looks good every fight. He’s got good wrestling. Good striking. It should be a fun one. It should be a banger. I know he’s down to bang and then he’ll shoot in quick, so you know I’m down to bang. I’m going to throw down and then whenever he tries to shoot in, I’ll try to stop that (expletive).”
The preliminary bout will mark the second time Davis has made the drop to 135 pounds. Despite competing at a new weight class, Davis said he feels physically better, quicker, and more winded. The 29-year-old said he still holds the same walk-around weight, but has cleaned up his lifestyle to allow for the loss of 10 more pounds. Beer is no longer as prominent in the diet.
“I just make sure I’m hydrated, so I’m not hurting my body or anything,” Davis said. “I have to work hard every day. Put in the work for five to seven hours a day. I do what everybody should do if they’re professional.
“It takes a lot for me to get tired. It takes a lot. The other day we had a division one wrestler in here and I had already worked out four-and-a-half hours. That was my third session going in. He was fresh and I was giving him hell.”
According to Davis, he will have one fight remaining on his contract after this weekend. Davis said he hopes a win in Anaheim will begin to snowball his momentum, so he can have more leverage when he’ll head into contract negotiations.
“Win this one with a finish (and) win the next one with a finish,” Davis said. “That’d be 3-0 this year with three finishes going into contract negotiations. That’s my goal. Then after that, try to start looking at the top 10. But I’m not in any rush.
“There were holes in my game and I feel like I’m closing those. Why not just win, make some money, and work my way up? Then whenever they do give me a top ten (opponent), I’ll take it. I’m not ever scared.”
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