MMA: Peter Davis aims for a ONE Championship return in mid 2019

MMA: Peter Davis aims for a ONE Championship return in mid 2019
Peter Davis is one of Malaysias first ONE athletes, having made a winning promotional debut in February 2012. - Instagram pic/peterhughdavis
KUALA LUMPUR: The ever-adventurous Peter Davis has achieved the best of both worlds.

He has had a fulfilling career as a model and an actor, alongside living the life of a professional mixed martial artist.

However, the 37-year-old is not done with the latter. The lightweight admits that he is itching for a return somewhere in mid-2019.

“I’m hoping to pop back into the cage in June this year,” he says.

“I had some issues with my weight class in my last outing, but it is going to be easier this time as I have become a vegetarian.”

A return to the ONE Championship cage would mean he has to devote more time to his training and pass up some other career opportunities, but nothing gets him more excited than being in there with the world’s best martial artists.
“I want to get into that cage and hear the fans again. It is a different feeling every time,” he explains.

“I’d have to sacrifice a lot of other opportunities too, but I’m ready to do it. I want to get back and have some fun.”

This news will bring joy to Malaysians, who have long waited for the Monarchy MMA representative’s return to the sport.

Davis, who holds a 10-5 professional record with a 90 percent finishing rate, brings fireworks to the world’s largest martial arts organization every time he competes.

However, since his most recent bout in September 2016, some things have changed.

“The lightweight roster has expanded. I’ve seen them sign Eddie Alvarez, and things are getting crazier since my last appearance,” he acknowledges.

“They are putting on bigger and better shows. I’ve enjoyed a couple of them in Malaysia and Singapore, and it’s insane how ONE Championship has put themselves into the top position.

“It is fantastic to know I’m at a promotion which has the world's best talent. It’s a bit scary, but it’s definitely more exciting.”

Davis is one of Malaysia’s first ONE athletes, having made a winning promotional debut in February 2012 against Indonesia’s Ngabdi Mulyadi at ONE: BATTLE OF HEROES.


Since then, he has recorded six additional victories in The Home Of Martial Arts.

Although he has been out of action for the past two years, Davis has continued to stay in shape and compete in other sporting competitions.

“I’ve had a couple of jiu-jitsu tournaments in Malaysia to keep my in-game knowledge at check. While I’m not training martial arts, I’ve been hitting the gym and cycling,” he says.

“It’s just been another period where I train and enjoy life, but at the same time working on several other projects.”

If all goes according to plan, the next project for Davis will be his return to the ONE cage.