Uncasville, CT — A seasoned veteran, Travis Davis is taking it all in for his first Bellator fight week at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
Davis has fought professionally since 2010, has boxed and trained even longer, and finally he sees himself in a major mixed martial arts promotion 11 years later. He’ll make his promotional debut this Friday, at Bellator 262.
“It’s been a long-ass road,” Davis explained. “Injuries, setbacks, knee surgeries, I’ve lost tough decision fights. I’ve lost split decisions, doctor’s stoppages, all of those were big fights that could have propelled me at the time but didn’t. I’ve just had to keep grinding, pushing through, with this sport people give up too early.”
For Davis, joining Bellator is a dream come true for him. He walks into the fire come Fight Night though, as he is fighting #5 ranked, undefeated Johnny Eblen at Bellator 262.
“This fight is a huge opportunity,” Davis told Cageside Press during the event’s media day on Wednesday. “This could submit myself into the middleweight rankings for Bellator, and most importantly get that multi-fight deal. Johnny is a tough guy, undefeated, he hasn’t felt defeat yet; I’ve had to and grown from it. After I beat him on Friday it’ll probably help him more than anything.”
Davis heads into fight night as a whopping +430 with many Vegas oddsmakers, but that doesn’t bother the savvy veteran. In fact, on paper, he thinks it’s a smart play to bet Eblen. Fights don’t take place on paper though.
“He’s 8-0, he is expected to win,” Davis began. “He will have a lot more things to think about than I’m thinking about. Anything can happen on any night. Put the money on him, it is probably a good bet on paper. I’m here to change that.”
Watch the full Bellator 262 media day interview with Travis Davis above. The event takes place Friday, July 16 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.