Brandon "KillerB" Davis is a UFC newcomer who is already leaving his mark. A dominant win on Dana White's Contender Series earned Brandon Davis a UFC contract. After months of wondering when he would get the chance to make his promotional debut, Davis found himself competing not once, but twice in the same month.
With a cage presence that rivals Conor McGregor, Brandon Davis loves to perform. His first bout in the Octagon resulted in a frustrating decision loss, leaving him unscathed and ready to go again. Davis got that chance, taking a short notice fight just weeks later. Not only did Killer B come out on top in that next bout, he also received Fight Of The Night honors.
The Mississippi fighter has established more momentum in one month than many do in their first year or two in the UFC. From a kid who started off as a casual fan, to be where he is today is a great feat-though not unexpected for a person with his heart and determination.
You once said that you would never do MMA. How did you get to where you are?
“I was just starting college and I thought it would never be something I would get into. It was cool to watch but I couldn't see myself doing it.
I was playing football at Mississippi State and I wanted something to do besides lift weights or go home after practice and classes. There was this booth on campus that had a sign saying “Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, MMA.” I was like, what's a G I? They said ‘That's a gi, man.”
Before actually even starting his martial arts training, Davis did a little preemptive battle with a gentleman who was an estimated 6'2” and 230 pounds. The guy had some boxing experience, and though Davis weathered the storm, he did not come out unscathed.
“We stopped and I looked at my hand. My pinky finger was bent down in half. I went to the doctor and he said I had torn the tendon and bone off. They had to put a rod in there to straighten it out. This was right before I found out about the MMA stuff. I went in to train and they were like ‘I can't let you do that.' I was persistent and they let me train. I promised not to sue if anything happened.”
A pretty natural athlete, Brandon Davis took his first amateur fight just six months later. He lost that bout via armbar, took about a year off and went back to the drawing board. That was in late 2010.
You are vocal about trying to fight as much as possible. What is your theory on rest and recovery?
“You should definitely rest and recover. If I had a concussion I would rest and recover. If I have a little cut or bruise and I can compete, I'll be right back in. Seven days or thirty days-- if I'm healthy, I'm ready.”
What do you do to keep your body recovering from constant training and competition?
“I don't take that many supplements. I use my Receptra CBD every day. It's great and it works. My knees kill me on the mat. I take it like three times a day, especially on days I do jiu-jitsu training.”
Though he likes to compete often, CBD has been an important part of keeping Brandon Davis fight-ready.
“I also have a cryotherapy place that sponsors me and physical therapy. They have me at 100% after fights.”
You are still fairly new to the UFC. Do you feel any more pressure under the bright lights?
“I honestly feel more comfortable in there. I fought Amir Khan as an amateur. He fights for One Championship (One FC) in Singapore. He was a last minute replacement for me that fight. He's been doing Muay Thai since he was like three years old. I was kicked 49 times and kept coming forward. After that, there's no one I'm scared of.
I'm not fighting people in the crowd. Just the one in the cage. There's nothing to be nervous about.”
Only your second fight in the UFC and you get a Fight of the Night bonus. How does that feel?
“It felt really good especially after the first one. That guy just ran around a bunch. I was thinking that I can't lose twice in a month. That would be the shortest UFC career ever. As long as I have someone who comes to fight I am ready to fight.”
You are a volume fighter. What do you do to train for that kind of output?
“Most of my weight training is low weight and high reps. I need to have fight stamina. I like to be able to go long rounds. I want to still be going as fast in late rounds as most other people are in the early rounds. Of course, I'm going to slow down a little. But my opponents are taking a lot of shots. So they are slowing down too. I can continue going at a little higher pace.”
You have a son. How do you talk to him about what you do?
“He's two and a half, so he doesn't really understand or care yet. I gave him a little blow-up punching bag and a friend of mine brought him some little gloves from Thailand. He puts on gloves and goes ‘boom boom!' as he hits the bag. He has watched me on TV and said, 'there goes da da.' Then he gets bored and does something else.”
As a parent, Brandon Davis feels like it is important for his son to learn the basics of martial arts, but there is absolutely no pressure for him to compete.
“He's going to learn to defend himself. He will learn jiu-jitsu and boxing when he's old enough.”
How has coaching affected your personal skill set?
“I use to teach gi, no gi and fitness classes. Now that my income is not dependent on that, I have given up quite a few of the classes. I still teach fitness kickboxing and Muay Thai. It is a lot easier to get four classes covered when I need time off than eighteen.
During my classes, I concentrate on the students. Explaining things to them and justifying why and how certain things work makes me more technical.”
Coach Brandon Davis walks the walk in more ways than one. The weekend after his last fight Davis competed in a jiu-jitsu tournament alongside one of his students.
“I do a lot of private lessons and one of the doctors I train was taking lessons 5 to 6 times a week. You get a lot out of it and show solid progress when you train like that. My coach was like ‘You should compete too.' I don't get punched in the face in jiu-jitsu, so why not. It's a good experience. My student ended up getting double gold.”
How would you like to be thought of?
“Hard-working, never stopping, down to earth and chill guy. I give my all and I want people to know that.”
Following both of his most recent fights, Brandon Davis returned immediately to training, with only a day of rest. Most of which was likely spent traveling home. Davis feels like there are always little holes to fix. He is wasting no time getting back to business and will be ready for the next call, whenever it comes.