LC Davis (22-6) faces Japanese veteran Hideo Tekoro (32-27-2) at Bellator 135 in the bantamweight co-main event. Davis is a former Titan FC, WEC and IFL competitor currently 2-0 in Bellator MMA. Now taking his third promotional fight against a veteran fighter, we had the chance to ask LC Davis about training, coaching and co-main event spotlight.
Scifighting: You’re going to take your Bellator 135 fight and immediatley fly back to coach your youth wrestling team in a state tournament the next day. How do you manage coaching and professional fighting?
Davis: It’s tough, it’s hard to find time to balance everything. When you own a business, you can’t just clock in and clock out when you go home and then be done for the day. There’s always stuff to deal with, always people calling and things going on and then on top of that I’m training to be the best bantamweight in the world. It’s a full time job but I wouldn’t ike it any other way. I like to stay active I like to be busy. If I’m not doing something I’m bored, so I’m constantly on the go.
SF: So you own HD MMA and train out of there as well?
Davis: Yes, I own American Top Team HD. We’re an American Top Team affiliate school and the HD stands for Jason High and LC Davis, we’re both the co-owners of the gym. I trained out of HD and I went out to ATT headquarters in Coconut Creek for this fight. I got a week to train with some of the best fighters in the world down there.
SF: Do a lot of your students look up to your career as an outlet for their training?
Davis: Yeah I think so. With me being the owner of the gym and being someone that’s done well with my MMA career, I think people will naturally aspire to be like me. I think it’s my responsibility to lead by example and shine a good light on myself and my gym. I want to make sure I’m doing the right things so that the people that are looking up to me are seeing a good example.
SF: What are your impressions of your opponent Hideo Tokoro based on his experience and number of fights?
Davis: Like you said, the first thing that popped out to me was the fact that he has over 60 fights. I feel like any time you’re fighting a veteran like myself, you have someone that’s not going to be easily rattled. You have someone that’s pretty much done it all and seen it all in MMA. A person like that is not going to be easy to break. So In my training camp, I had to train really hard and be prepared to go the distance. With that being said, I’m loking to finish this guy. If there’s an opening I’m going to take it and I feel like I will the bigger, stronger, more physical guy in this fight. I’m looking to use that to my advantage as well.
SF: You previously fought as part of the Quad City Silverbacks franchise in the IFL. The IFL has since disbanded, but do you think the team franchise concept could still work for a major MMA promotion?
Davis: I think it can definitely still work and I feel like a lot of people are still kind of using it. If you look at The Ultimate Fighter, that’s a team-based concept with a coach and his team vs. another. I feel like it can still be done, I love the concept of it. I come from a wrestling background, so while wrestling is still an individual sport you still compete as a team. In the dual matches, everyone lines up your team vs. their team for a team score. I love the idea of that and I feel like someone else needs to get it going again.
SF: You were coached in your IFL team by Pat Miletich. What were some of the biggest takeaways from his coaching methods?
Davis: The list goes on and on. He’s definitely a vital part of my career, I learned so much from that guy. He was like a father figure to me. I packed up and left all my friends and family and moved to the middle of nowhere Iowa just to train with the best guys in the world. Pat took me under his wing and taught me so much about fighting, about life–just about everything. I feel like he’s a hall of fame coach, a hall of fame fighter and definitely one of the pioneers of the sport.
SF: You’ve fought for many different organizations in the past. How did you come across Bellator and what about the organization had an appeal to you?
Davis: Originally when I signed with Bellator, they still had the tournament format. That was really appealing to me because a lot of times in MMA it comes down to politics. You’ve got your Connor McGregors or your Chael Sonnens that can just talk their way to a title shot. I’m not a super vocal person like that and so the idea of going out there and earning your title shot by winning the tournament was something that was very appealing to me.
Now that we have Scott Coker at the helm, I’m excited about that too. It seems like he’s moving the organization forward in the right direction and he’s putting together the fights that people want to see and I’m just excited for this upcoming year. I’m 2-0 in the division and I feel like if I keep doing what I’m doing I’ll be right there holding that belt real soon.
SF: Anything else you’d like to include for our readers?
Davis: I’d just like to help everybody who helped me get ready for this fight. I’d like to thank everyone who helped me at American Top Team headquarters and everyone who helped me in Kansas City. I’d just like to thank all my friends, family and sponsors for sticking by me. I’m looking to represent all you guys next Friday.
See LC Davis take on Hideo Tokoro at Bellator 135 on March 27th live on Spike at 9 PM EST.