Bangor’s Marcus Davis emerged victorious in his a Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) debut Friday night at Caesars Casino in Windsor, Ontario.
The 37-year-old earned a three-round decision over 22-year-old Curtis DeMarce of Brandon, Manitoba. The judges scored the fight 29-28, 30-27, 28-29 in favor of Davis.
MFC 29 was broadcast live on HDNet.
Davis, who signed a two-fight deal with MFC on Feb. 25, received a gash on his forehead, but was able to finish the match.
It was the first fight for “The Irish Hand Grenade” since he was knocked out via punches by Jeremy Stephens in UFC 125 on Jan. 1 in Las Vegas. He was cut by the Ultimate Fighting Championship soon after. He posted a 9-5 record in the UFC, but lost four of his final five matches.
Friday night’s victory was his second-straight fight as a lightweight (155 pounds) contender.
Davis improves to 18-8 in his mixed martial arts career, posting his first win since May 8 when he earned a technical knockout over Jonathan Goulet in UFC 113. DeMarce falls to 10-9 overall.
After the fight, Davis was asked to face Richie Whitson (11-1) for his next match in June, according to maximumfighting.com.