Brandon Davis
Killer B

USA

Late charge not enough
BantamweightUFC
September 29, 2019
Davis lost to Giga Chikadze via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Copenhagen on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
There was quite a bit of confusion here, as the fight was originally announced as a split draw, but UFC officials later corrected the mistake that occurred when tallying the scoring. It was a very close fight in which Davis was the inferior striker, but he did accumulate more grappling statistics, including three takedowns and four passes. While Davis appeared to take Round 3, it took him too long to get going, which ultimately cost him the fight. Even though this was a fight Davis was supposed to win as a (-155) betting favorite, he'll come away with his fourth loss in his last five trips to the Octagon.
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Falls at UFC 241
BantamweightUFC
August 17, 2019
Davis lost to Kyung Ho Kang via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
This fight was not as close as the "split decision" term would lead you to believe. Yes, Davis did an excellent job of hammering Kang with leg kicks, but he absorbed way too many strikes (124) and allowed his opponent to land three takedown attempts. Davis is exceedingly durable and fun to watch, but six fights (2-4) into his UFC career, it has become clear that the 29-year-old Mississippi native represents nothing more than low-end roster depth.
Joins UFC 241 undercard
BantamweightUFC
August 11, 2019
Davis will take on Kyung Ho Kang in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 241 on Aug. 17, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Davis was dealt a tough hand last September when the UFC handed him top prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov, and he was finished via kneebar in the second round. He bounced back in April, however, earning his first UFC submission with a win by way of rear-naked choke over Randy Costa. He'll now look to Kang, where he'll enter as a betting underdog in his quest to compile his first UFC winning streak. Davis owns a big edge in striking volume, but tends to get hit quite a bit more. The grappling advantage appears to lie with Kang, who has far superior marks in takedown average and takedown defense.
Submits Randy Costa at UFC 236
BantamweightUFC
April 13, 2019
Davis defeated Randy Costa via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:12 of Round 2 at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
While Davis's performance was far from a masterpiece, the victory likely saved his job. Getting the short end of the striking exchanges between the two men, Davis eventually landed a perfectly placed knee to Costa's face early in Round 2 and the ensuing effects of that shot allowed him to secure the RNC and pick up the victory. Davis may have secured the win he was seeking, but there's nothing to see here moving forward.
Hangs as huge underdog for a round before submitting at UFC 228
BantamweightUFC
September 8, 2018
Davis lost to Zabit Magomedsharipov via submission (kneebar) at 3:46 of Round 2 at UFC 228 on Saturday in Dallas.
ANALYSIS
Davis had his moments in this fight. He scored at distance in the first round. However, Magomedsharipov took over in the second round. The Russian went to his wrestling and landed multiple takedowns. Davis defended well and got back to his feet. Towards the end of the round, Magomedsharipov took his back and locked on a kneebar from the back. Davis gets credit for hanging with the huge favorite, but this will go down as a loss.
Will fight Zabit Magomedsharipov on short notice
BantamweightUFC
August 29, 2018
Davis will fight Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228 on Sept. 8 in Dallas, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Davis will be stepping in on very short notice to fight Magomedsharipov, who had his original opponent, Yair Rodriquez, removed from the card due to an undisclosed injury. Davis has won a bout on short notice before, securing a unanimous decision victory over Steven Peterson at UFC Fight Night 126, though is 1-2 in UFC overall. Magomedsharipov is 15-1 in MMA and 3-0 in UFC, and will make for a significant challenge considering the lack of time to prepare.