Losing three of his last four bouts at welterweight, longtime UFC veteran Marcus Davis (22-9) made the move to lightweight for the first time hoping to change his fortunes.
However, despite looking good for two rounds, Davis suffered a third round knockout loss to Jeremy Stephens on Jan. 1 at UFC 125, and MMAJunkie was the first to report that Davis had been released from the UFC.
Davis won his first six UFC fights but didn’t fare as well when stepping up in competition. He lost a decision to Mike Swick at UFC 85, and although he bounced back with two straight victories, he later suffered setbacks to Dan Hardy, Ben Saunders, and Nate Diaz.
The 37-year-old Davis went 9-5 in the Octagon and joins a list of recent cuts that includes Brandon Vera and Antonio McKee (both of whom competed at UFC 125), Gerald Harris, Pat Audinwood, Tyler Toner, and several others.