The fight will be a rematch of their January 2015 encounter when the two met at UFC on FOX 14 in Stockholm, Sweden. The fight itself was a bit of stalemate and the fact it took place at the ungodly hour of four in the morning meant it wasn't one fans were clamoring to see again afterwards.
The man who lost that evening, Davis, spoke about the first fight at the Bellator 180 media day today and just like the fans, he didn't have too many fond memories of that night in Stockholm.
"Man, some of you guys know, some of you guys were there at that fight," Davis said. "I was talking to somebody earlier and he was like, 'Yeah, I was falling asleep in the back,' so you know, nobody wanted to be there. Nobody wanted to be in an arena from eleven P.M. until almost six in the morning. It was awful. I remember getting back and continental breakfast at the hotel had already started. It was just a terrible idea from day one. I don't know who's idea it was, but it was a terrible idea. Now we aren't fighting at four in the morning, it will be a much better fight."
Davis will be looking for revenge having dropped the first fight via a split decision. The Bellator light heavyweight champion isn't looking for a first round knockout though. He wants to give the fans who turn up to #MadisonSquareGarden this Saturday value for money.
"I don't know," Davis said, when asked what the perfect ending to the fight would be for him. "Sometimes, a first round finish, it almost, leaves fans unsatisfied. Sometimes you want there to be a little back-and-forth and then a finish. Everybody loves Mike Tyson, but secretly, everyone is like, 'A 12-second knockout leaves me needing something else,' you know what I'm saying. I think a perfect fight would be a second round finish."
Davis vs. Bader goes down in the main event of Bellator 180 on Saturday night. Later that evening, Chael Sonnen faces Wanderlei Silva in the main event of #BellatorNYC.
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