While there may not be a UFC event this weekend, which nowadays seems kind of rare, thankfully Bellator’s Ninth Season continues to roll tonight in Portland. Not only that, but the card will feature the opening round of the promotion’s latest lightweight tourney, which features several established UFC vets like Rich Clementi, John Alessio and Marcus Davis.

Davis will be competing in just his second Bellator bout tonight, as “The Irish Hand Grenade’s” promotional debut versus Waachiim Spiritwolf in March, was declared a no contest back (the latter could not continue after an accidental knee to the groin). Now Davis is back and is looking to silence any critics, who believe the former boxer can’t still win at the upper levels of the sport. While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, the TUF 2 vet had this to say about his prospects with Bellator.

“At my age, the tough guy stuff is over,” Davis said. “I don’t have to prove anything to anybody. What’s good about me is that I don’t care what anyone thinks. I remember the small town I started from in Maine, and being told that I was out of my mind and I was never going to be a fighter.”

“All I ever said to them was, ‘Watch me.’ And I’m saying that to everyone out there who thinks I’m 40 years old and my best years are behind me: Watch me.”

Fair enough. Davis, who has gone 5-1 with 1 NC since exiting from the UFC, added that fans should expect him to “tear through this lightweight tournament.” In order to do that, however, he’s going to have to get by Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy tonight. The 24 year-old Russian fighter has gone 23-1 to date, and his only loss came via split decision to Clementi. So, it’s going to be interesting to see if the UFC vet can halt the rise of the rising lightweight.

Bellator 101 will be hosted by Portland’s Moda Center and as always, the main card will be broadcast on SPIKE. Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for all your Bellator news and coverage.