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PostSubject: “The Irish Hand Grenade” Forced to Change Nickname   Fri 18 May 2007, 3:05 pm



{b}“The Irish Hand Grenade” Forced to Change Nickname {/B]

Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis owns one of the sport’s most unique nicknames. However, for the first time in 15 years, the former professional boxer and now rising UFC welterweight contender will have to drop the moniker for a fight.

UFC officials recently told Davis (11-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC), a cast member from The Ultimate Fighter 2, that he would have to change nicknames for his upcoming UFC 72 fight with Jason Tan (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC 72 takes place at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

“I was told ‘The Irish Hand Grenade’ was not acceptable in Belfast [because] it would translate poorly,” said Davis. “It’d be like calling yourself the Taliban Bomber and fighting in New York. So, it’s a temporary change implemented by the UFC.

“However, I will always be The Irish Hand Grenade when I fight in the U.S.“ Northern Ireland has a turbulent and sometimes violent history of civil war, as well as ethno-political conflicts between its nationalist community (principally Roman Catholic) and unionist community (principally Protestant). UFC management appears it’ll take a better-safe-than-sorry approach with the nickname during its initial foray into the Northern Ireland market.

For now, UFC.com lists Davis as “The Celtic Warrior” on the UFC 72 fight card.

Davis, who posted a stellar 17-1-2 record as a professional boxer in New England, was first dubbed “The Irish Hand Grenade” from an old boxing fan who watched him during a sparring session. The man said that Davis reminded him of boxer who went by the nickname decades ago, and being of Irish descent, Davis decided to stick with it.

He admits he was a little disappointed by the UFC’s mandate.

“It sucks because I’ve used the nickname for 15 years,” he said.

However, Davis also knows he has more to worry about than the name. Take his current eight-fight win streak, for example, which included UFC victories over the heavily favored Forrest Petz (UFC: The Final Chapter), Shonie Carter (UFC Fight Night 7) and Pete Spratt (UFC 69). Once considered “just a boxer,” the now-well-rounded Davis ended five of the eight victories by submission.

He’ll now face Tan, a veteran of the English-based Cage Fighting Championships and Cage Gladiators organizations. The Gracie Barra-trained Muay Thai and boxing vet had posted four consecutive victories before dropping a split decision to Jim Wallhead in a September 2006 event.
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PostSubject: Re: “The Irish Hand Grenade” Forced to Change Nickname   Sun 20 May 2007, 8:25 pm

you know what it is not a life and death situation the new nick name is better
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