Most MMA observers believe LC Davis’ upcoming Bellator 143 main event fight with former two-division champion Joe Warren is the biggest of his career.
And Davis doesn’t disagree.
However, the 34-year-old Kansas City-native sees his next fight as always being the biggest of his career – and that’s the way he’ll approach it.
Davis and Warren will headline the September 25 card from the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. The main card airs on Spike TV.
Following a 2014 submission win in his debut with Bellator over Tory Bogguess, Davis (23-6) scored a decision over Zeliton Rodrigues to close out the year. This past March, he went toe-to-toe with Hideo Tokoro in a battle many have called the “Fight of the Year,” earning a split decision for his third consecutive win and seventh in his last eighth.
Now, he’ll get to test his skills vs. Warren, a former standout wrestler and Bellator champion in both the featherweight and bantamweight divisions.
“This is absolutely the biggest fight of my career,” said Davis, during a recent interview with FightLine. “But I feel like the next fight is always your biggest fight in your career. We don’t have a season like football or basketball.
“You are only as good as your next fight, and my next fight, is the biggest fight of my career. After I win this, hopefully I will be fighting for a world title and that next fight will be the biggest fight.”
While not as famed on the wrestling circuit as Warren, Davis did wrestle his way through college. He was a standout in high school before competing for both Labette Community College and Missouri Valley College.
Shortly there after, Davis entered in the world of MMA and quickly found success. He trained under the watchful eye of Pat Miletich and fought for Titan FC, the International Fight League, Affliction and the WEC.
Wins in nine of his first fights led him to a 2007 meeting with Wagnney Fabiano, where Davis was bested via submission. He quickly got back on track, scoring four straight wins. Among his first 13 career victories, 11 were finishes – including his first eight.
“Training with the best at Miletich and being ranked in the Top-10 for most of 2009 and ’10, I was beating the best guys in the world,” he said. “I thought I had it figured out, but I plateaued, lost a couple of fights in a row.
“But that really woke me up. I realized you always have to be evolving, to prove yourself. The day you quit improving is the day people pass you up.”