Former UFC Fighter Marcus Davis Claims Promotion and Paul Daley Tried to Bully Him Into Taking Fight
MMAjunkie spoke with former UFC fighter Marcus Davis on why he turned down a possible fight with Paul Daley for the Ireland based Cage Contender promotion. Davis said he was offered to fight Daley for $8,000 on just over a month’s notice by Cage Contender. He also says this was an attempt to bully him into a booking for which he’d be underpaid. Davis also said that after he refused the bout because Daley as an opponent justified a higher purse, the promotion “probably got into Daley’s head” to publicly shame him.
Davis stated, “I thought I graduated high school over 21 years ago. I’m not going to get roped into fighting a fight.”
Currently Davis is set to fight on February 23 in Dublin, Ireland for a Cage Contender event. He said on his Facebook page that Marcus Davis turned down an opportunity to fight him. Davis says negotiations never passed beyond the initial offer by the promotion. Though he reportedly received a message that Daley’s camp accepted the fight and was waiting for permission from Bellator. Davis also told Cage Contender promoter John Ferguson that a potential booking in his home state of Maine would pay him six times the amount he was offered by Cage Contender. And he had another contract offer from another promotion that began in June.
Ferguson stated, “It wasn’t enough money for Marcus, which we understand. Getting more money elsewhere, of course he’s going to take it. We decided to do the right thing throughout, and that’s why we stayed out of any conversations in the media.”
Davis also said Ferguson received a call from Frank Trigg who said he was offered $5,000 by the Cage Contender promotion to fight Daley. Trigg accepted the offer before he later pulled out of the fight. Ferguson responded with the following: “I had offered the fight to Frank by email also and had told him we were also talking to Marcus amongst others. There was never any mention of a fee for Marcus or any other fighter. “All conversations with all parties were in writing (Facebook with Marcus and email with Trigg and his agent) and never verbally, thus meaning I have evidence of all communication.” Daley then later mentioned Davis’ name publicly.
Daley hasn’t been reached yet regarding the matter. Frank Trigg has declined to comment on the fight. Davis last fought in October when he defeated David Bielkheden at Superior Challenge 8. He went on to say, “This very specific thing like this is why I left boxing. I said to myself, ‘I’ve got to get into MMA before all the scumbags get over there.”