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Joey Davis signs with Bellator MMA

By Courtesy of Compton Herald, 06/14/16, 10:15AM EDT


Undefeated college wrestler and Compton native Joey Davis signs Bellator mixed martial arts contract

It was inevitable after an undefeated college career in wrestling for Compton native Joey Davis, who signed a pro contract with Bellator MMA, one of the combat sport’s top mixed martial promotions. Bellator officials confirmed the news on Friday.

Nicknamed “Iceman,” Davis, a four-time Division II NCAA champion at 184 pounds, plans on fighting in Bellator’s 170-pound division. He will train at Antonio McKee’s Body Shop gym.

Davis was 131-0 at Notre Dame College, where he was a man among boys. Only two other collegiate wrestlers accomplished his perfect record: Cael Sanderson went 159-0 during his Division I run, and Marcus LeVesseur went 155-0 in Division III.

Since its inception, Bellator has sporadically featured tournaments, unlike several other MMA promotions. However, in 2015, Bellator President Scott Coker made the decision to drop the 8-man tournament format in favor of smaller tournaments.

Bellator includes weight classes from bantamweight (135 pounds) through heavyweight (265 pounds) and tournaments in each weight class are conducted over a three-month period. Each tournament begins with the opening round featuring eight fighters in that respective weight class, moving onto the semi-finals and then the finals. For four-man tournaments, only the semi-finals and finals are

included. Each tournament is single elimination and there is a one-month break between opening round, semi-finals, and finals.

During the tournament, the rules are slightly different from those of a non-tournament fight. Elbow strikes are illegal in the quarterfinal and semifinal tournament bouts due to the high probability of a cut occurring. Elbow strikes are legal in the finals. The tournament final encompasses three five-minute rounds.