Mike Davis
Beast Boy

USA

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 9/1/2020
Removed from Jacksonville card
FeatherweightUFC
Out
May 14, 2020
Davis will not fight Giga Chikadze at UFC Fight Night in Jacksonville on May 16 due to complications cutting weight, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Davis and Chikadze were previously booked to fight in February, but Davis will now have to withdraw from their scheduled match for a second time. As a result, Chikadze will need a new opponent for Saturday. The short amount of time Davis was allocated to prepare for the Jacksonville event, with the featherweight matchup only having been announced two weeks ago, may have contributed to his issues cutting weight.
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Draws Chikadze in Jacksonville
FeatherweightUFC
Out
April 30, 2020
Davis will take on Giga Chikadze in a featherweight matchup at a UFC Fight Night event in Jacksonville on May 16, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
Davis and Chikadze were scheduled to face off at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, but Davis was forced to withdraw due to a groin injury. Chikadze ended up picking up another fight March 7, and beat Jamall Emmers in a narrow split decision. Davis has stepped in on short notice in each of his first two UFC bouts, so staying ready in a global pandemic may not be as big of an issue for him as it is for most. He was submitted by Gilbert Burns in his debut, but his follow-up fight went much better, as he landed 139 significant strikes against Thomas Gifford before finishing him in the third round. Davis will give up two inches in reach to Chikadze when the Octagon doors close.
Drops out due to injury
FeatherweightUFC
Out
February 12, 2020
Davis has been forced to cancel his fight against Giga Chikadze at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29 due to an undisclosed injury, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The nature and severity of Davis' injury remain undisclosed, and a replacement opponent for Chikadze has yet to be announced. Davis' most recent matchup came in the form of a victory over Thomas Gifford, but he'll now need to wait before making his return to the octagon.
Next fight scheduled
FeatherweightUFC
Out
January 2, 2020
Davis will take on Giga Chikadze in a lightweight matchup at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After suffering defeats in his first two UFC matchups, Davis turned things around in October by defeating Thomas Gifford via KO (punch) at UFC Tampta. Davis is a boxing specialist, and his skills were on full display during that fight as he dominated his competition. Chikadze made his UFC debut in September by defeating Brandon Davis via split decision at UFC Copenhagen, a fight in which Chikadze also relied on his striking abilities. The two fighters are even in height and reach.
Destroys Thomas Gifford
FeatherweightUFC
Out
October 12, 2019
Davis defeated Thomas Gifford via KO (punch) at 4:45 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
ANALYSIS
"Defeated" is one word, "obliterated" and "nearly decapitated" are other phrases that could have potentially applies to these proceedings. Davis absolutely destroyed Gifford from the get-go and only the toughness of the later kept this fight going as long as it did. Someone should have stepped in and called it off, but since they didn't, Davis couldn't do anything other than keep pounding his overmatched opposition and that's exactly what he did. Davis is a boxing specialist and those skills were on full display Saturday.
Will fight at UFC Tampa
FeatherweightUFC
Out
October 8, 2019
Davis will step in on short notice to face Thomas Gifford in a lightweight bout at UFC Tampa on Oct. 12, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Brok Weaver withdrew from Saturday's fight for unspecified reasons, and Davis will replace him with five days notice. This will be Davis' third UFC fight after suffering defeats in his first two bouts. Davis carries a 6-2 record as a professional fighter, and will face Gifford, who carries a 17-8 record over his fighting career, and is coming off a loss at UFC Fort Lauderdale.