Number four ranked fighter in the 205 division, Phil Davis (12–1 (1)) spoke with UFC.com about fighting #14 ranked fighter Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (16–4) at UFC 172 and his wins over top Light Heavyweight competition. Check it out below:
When asked what it’s like fighting Anthony Johnson at UFC 172 this Saturday, “He (Johnson) is desperate to make a statement and regain all his fans that he lost when he left the UFC. He’s hungry to be back.”
A great quote by the Light Heavyweight Fighter, “What gets you respect in this sport is not just beating someone. It’s how you beat them. You’ve got to really show that you are head and shoulders above someone.”
He beat Alexander Gustafsson in 2011 via submission, but lost a fight to Rashad Evans in 2012. He has since gone on to a 3-0 and 1 NC record, if he beats Johnson on Saturday, where does this put him in the 205 Division?
“I beat two number one contenders, I finished one of them (Alexander Gustafsson) in the first round,” he said. “I sent a total of three top five guys down to middleweight. At this point, you’re not even a top contender until after you lose to me. You have to lose to me, and then I’ll let you be the top contender. Let me tell you something, I’ve sent more people to a lighter weight class than The Dolce Diet. It’s as simple as this: I will beat everybody in this division from bottom to top and I’ll take a title shot when a title shot is available. But the one thing that doesn’t happen: people don’t call Phil Davis’ name. They call out a lot of people; they don’t call out Phil Davis. And if one person called out Phil Davis, he’d stop calling. He hung up. He’s not on the phone no more.”
UFC 172 goes down this Saturday night on PPV.