Bellator 253: Joey Davis Ready for War, but “Fighting Isn’t Everything”

Undefeated prospect and Team Bodyshop member Joey Davis (7-0) returns to action this Thursday at Bellator 253. There, he’ll take on Bobby Lee, a Bellator newcomer who won interim gold under the Cage Fury FC banner.

During the event’s media day this week, Lee suggested that his losses may give him an advantage over Davis, who has yet to have to overcome that sort of adversity in MMA.

Davis understands that statement. After all, losses in combat sports are teachable moments. They’re not the only teachable moments, however. “You can learn from a lot in life. You don’t always have to take the L,” opined Davis in response. “You can learn from winning as well. Watching film. Watching your role models, watching the people who have done it before you.”

When it comes to fighting Lee, “I’m just ready to showcase my talent,” Davis added. He hasn’t dug too deep into his opponent’s background. “I know that he’s a [CFFC] champ,” Davis said. “That already sparked a plug in me.”

Asked about fighting some of the bigger names in the welterweight division with a win, Davis said there were other things on his mind. To elaborate, “Black Ice” explained that “I’m just experiencing life. I want to do a lot more traveling. There’s more things that I want to do for my little sister, making sure that she understands that you got to work for everything in life. There’s things that I still need to learn in life.”

“Fighting isn’t everything,” he added. “But for the meantime, there’s war right now. So that’s all my main focus is on. I focus on the moment. That’s all I can handle. That’s what I’m going to be ready for on Thursday, November 19, is just ready for war.”

Davis won’t be heading off to war alone. There are two other Team Bodyshop members on the Bellator 253 card: Baby Slice, and headliner AJ McKee. He takes on Darrion Caldwell in the main event, part of Bellator’s featherweight grand prix. That’s a fight Davis thinks will surprise more than a few people.

“I think that Bellator is going to be very shocked by what AJ does,” Davis suggested. “It’s just going to be a remarkable performance.”

Bellator 253 takes place Thursday, November 20 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Unvasville, CT. The main card airs live on CBS Sports Network.