Although Phil Davis is coming off a clear cut, decision loss to Anthony Johnson in April, prior to that, the light-heavyweight had won four of his last five fights. While some folks may not be particularly intrigued by that fact, perhaps they will be when they realize that all four of those wins came against Brazilian fighters.
That’s right, since 2011, Davis has defeated the likes of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Wagner Prado, Vinny Magalhaes and Lyoto Machida. So, does that make Davis the modern era equivalent of “The Brazilian Killer”? In reference to PRIDE vet Alex Stiebling, who at one point, had defeated six Brazilians in a row?
While talking to MMA Fighting.com recently, here’s some of what Davis had to say about the nickname:
“I’m not gonna call myself the Brazilian Killer,” Davis said, “but if somebody wants to name me the Brazilian Killer, you’re more than welcome.”
“I always perform well when I’m in Rio,” Davis noted while talking about the fact he enjoys fighting in Brazil. “I hope this is not my last time in Brazil. I love Brazil, I love Rio. The long travel doesn’t really bother me.”
Of course, up next at UFC 179 on October 25th, Davis will battle yet another of that nation’s top fighters in Mr. Glover Teixeira. If Davis goes out and defeats the UFC’s #4 ranked 205’er, then yes, some fans may argue the “Brazilian Killer”–or some adaptation–is the right way to go for “Mr. Wonderful.”
While talking about Teixeira, Davis acknowledged that he’ll be looking to take the feared slugger to the mat, but that if he can’t, it will be a “great way” to record his first KO win with the UFC. Now that would certainly jaw drops throughout the MMA world.
UFC 179 will go down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will also feature featherweight champion Jose Aldo taking on Chad Mendes for a second time.