Once a top 10 featherweight, Kansas City’s L.C. Davis has hit a rough patch in his career, falling short in his last three fights. However, the fighter has a plan to reverse that trend and get back to the big show by dropping down to the bantamweight division.

“I think this will be my most competitive weight class,” Davis told The MMA Corner. “With the evolution of the sport, guys are just bigger, stronger, faster. Everyone is cutting more weight and eating better. You just have to grow with the sport. If you don’t change and evolve, you get left behind.”

Davis (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Davis wrestled collegiately at 133 pounds, yet has spent the majority of his career competing in heavier weight classes. Now the IFL, Affliction, Sengoku and WEC veteran won’t be trying to add weight in his goal of reaching the UFC.

“That was part of the reason for the move,” explained the fighter. “I think that I can really be dominant at 135. I was very competitive at 145, but at this weight class I can compete with anybody. I’m looking to prove that and string together a few wins.”

One of the changes that Davis has made since he was shockingly cut from the WEC—despite a winning record—was opening his own gym. He did so alongside current Strikeforce welterweight Jason High last fall.

“(HD MMA) has helped my training a lot,” explained Davis. “It’s awesome to have my own gym with people to train with everyday. When I first moved back to Kansas City I was going to boxing gyms, wrestling gyms and just trying to find the best training that I could. Now I’ve got it all under one roof.”

The first step in Davis’ path to the UFC is on May 25 against Bill Kamery at the HDNet-broadcast Titan Fighting Championships 22 from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. Despite knowing little about his opponent, Davis is confident heading into the fight.

Davis (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

“I’m expecting a tough fight, but I don’t think he’s fought the caliber of opponents that I’ve fought,” Davis declared. “I hope to show him that I’m on a different level, but I don’t really know much about him. I haven’t seen any tape on him because I don’t think there’s much out there. I know he’s 10-2 and most of his wins are by submission.”

Not only is Davis expecting his level of competition to give him an edge against Kamery, but also the fact that his opponent has never fought on the bigger stage.

“I’ve been there, done that,” said Davis. “I’ve fought on TV, I’ve fought on the big show. I won’t be rattled or surprised by anything. Every fighter has some nerves naturally, but with this being his first time on TV, that may be a factor for him more than it will be for me.”

Davis hopes that his new training regimen will lead him to victory, but he’s not ignoring the fact that he has the luxury of fighting in his hometown.

“I’m certainly more comfortable having my friends, family and everyone at the fight, cheering me on,” said Davis. “I will be able to pull from that energy.”

If that energy, his experience, and the new gym result in Davis picking up his first win at bantamweight, he’ll be one step closer to his goal.

“The only thing missing is the UFC,” Davis explained. “I think for it to be a good and happy career, I need to end it in the UFC.”

LC would like to thank all of his coaches: Travis Conley, Bryan Carroll, Melvin Wesley. All of his training partners at HD MMA. Sponsors: Animal Instinct, Italian Delight, Carmen’s Café, Title MMA, Underground Gym. Follow him on Twitter: @lc_davis

Top Photo: L.C. Davis (R) (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)