“I felt great, man,” Davis said after the fight. “I felt fast!”
In the second round, Kelly threw a right hook, then shot for a takedown that he had scored in round one.
Davis described the series of tactics, “I got the underhook on my left side, got the hand around the head. I was going to let go of the head to get the underhook on that side to totally get out, but I noticed that he kept pushing his head forward even though I had a hook around his neck a little bit.”
Kelly had to wriggle free of a Davis guillotine attempt in the first round.
Davis continued, “I just said to myself, ‘You know what? I’m going to back out a little bit and see if he keeps pushing his head forward. If he keeps pushing his head forward, I’ll let go of my left underhook and I’ll shoot the guillotine.’ And, that’s what happened.”
Davis won the UFC’s $40,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus.
Davis also responded to the challenged issued by “Lights Out” Chris Lytle (26-16-5) after Lytle’s victory, saying, “If Chris wants to fight me and he wants to do it in Ireland, then let’s get it on.”