Phil Davis may no longer be with the world’s biggest MMA promotion, but apparently “Mr. Wonderful” isn’t losing any sleep about not being with the UFC any longer.
A couple of months back, it was announced that Davis had signed with Bellator, following his split decision loss to Ryan Bader in January. That loss concluded the decorated wrestler’s UFC deal and left his record at 13-3. Davis was ranked #7 in the UFC’s 205 division when he signed with Bellator.
Davis will make his Bellator debut on September 19th at the promotion’s “Dynamite” card, and will compete in the event’s light-heavyweight tourney. Who Davis will fight has yet to be determined, but the other competitors scheduled to fight include “King Mo” Lawal, Emanuel Newton and Linton Vassell.
Well, in advance of his debut, Davis recently appeared at a media event in Los Angeles. When asked what it feels like to be referred to as a Bellator fighter, after a five year run in the UFC, Davis relayed this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“It has a good ring to it,” Davis said. “I enjoyed changing all of my headings and all my profiles and pictures and such. Some of it is like, ‘Man, I really liked that photo.’ It’s weird. It’s like breaking up with a girlfriend. ‘That was fun while it lasted.'”
Davis was also asked to weigh-in on the UFC-Reebok uniform deal, which some have speculated, could send some high profile fighters Bellator’s way. The argument being that since Bellator hardly has any restrictions on sponsorships, athletes could make out better in this respect.
The report cites the fact that Davis would be making about $10,000 from the Reebok deal, per fight, if he was still with the UFC. The 30 year-old said that he’s 99% sure he’ll make more than that at “Dynamite”.
Davis also noted, and rightfully so, that money “isn’t the end all, be all”. According to the vet, ultimately it could depend on whether UFC fighters believe they’re being “taken care of”.