Brandon Davis is dead set on getting another opportunity in the UFC, and he got a step closer to that goal on Saturday.
Davis (14-8) successfully defended his bantamweight championship against Josh Huber in the main event of Gulf Coast MMA 11 in his fourth bout after his UFC release in early 2020 when he finished the fight with strikes at the 1:31 mark of Round 1. Davis pounced and fired down a flurry of blows on the grounded Huber, ending the fight with a left kick to the body.
Davis maintains his spotless post-UFC record, which includes two finishes in four fights, both by TKO.
Davis, 31, recently told MMA Junkie that his wrestling has been his major priority since leaving the UFC. In his opinion, his takedown defense has improved by leaps and bounds. He even throws in a takedown now and again, which wasn’t always the case during his stint in the UFC.
Davis, who has battled in the UFC at both featherweight and bantamweight, is ready to move up to the 135-pound division.
Davis fought seven bouts for the promotion between January 2018 and September 2019, going 2-5. Steven Peterson and Randy Costa were his victories, while Zabit Magomedsharipov, Giga Chikadze, Kyung Ho Kang, Kyle Bochniak, and Enrique Barzola were his defeats.
After Saturday’s fight, Davis issued a statement on Instagram that called for another UFC shot from Dana White and the promotion’s matchmakers.
“1st round TKO against a legit 24-11 opponent,” Davis wrote. Been working on these body shots against a southpaw all camp and it paid off. That’s 4 in a row and I’m showing why I need to back on the big show. @seanshelby @mickmaynard2 @danawhite @ufc get me back in there.”
Gulf Coast MMA 11 took place Saturday at Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, Miss., and streamed on FITE TV.