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Southern Illinois man to fight professionally

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CARTERVILLE -- After several years of working through the amateur level of mixed martial arts, a southern Illinois man will now get his shot at fighting professionally.

Zack Davis enjoyed combat sports long before he ever earned the cage nickname "Cadillac".

"Man, being a brawler. Honestly, I like to fight. And to legally get into a cage with someone and beat them up? I love it, I love it," said Davis.

Davis started kickboxing after a stint in the military as a way of staying in shape. Before long, the Du Quoin native made his way into the amateur circuit and started making a name for himself.

Right when things were starting to look good for Davis, he faced a major setback.

"One of the peaks of my career early on, I ended up getting stabbed five times. Ended up having my quadricep cut in half. So that recovery back from that was a lot, like it took a lot out of me," said Davis.

After his recovery, Davis made his way back into the fight game training at the Den in Carterville and picking up fights at American Karate-Do Kickboxing in Vincennes, Indiana.

After posting a 12-2-1 record at the amateur level, Davis is finally moving onto the professional stage.

"I've had this excitement for a while, it just I finally got the push now from the support and the people around me, and the time is now,  and I'm really excited," said Davis.

Along with a new level of competition to face, fighting at the professional level gives Davis the opportunity to broaden his arsenal in the cage.

"You get more talented fighters, more experienced fighters, and you're also allowed to use more weapons. You get your knees and elbows, and I've been waiting to throw those for a while now," said Davis.

Davis will get his first taste of professional fighting when he makes his debut on March 3rd.

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