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Phil Davis Says Move to Bellator Has “Reignited” his “Love” For Fighting

Kelsey Mowatt

Phil Davis

Phil Davis is just a couple of days away from making his Bellator debut, and it doesn’t sound like the light-heavyweight’s rethinking his choice to leave the UFC.

Davis signed with Bellator earlier this year, following a split decision loss to Ryan Bader in January. The departure didn’t exactly rock the MMA world, but it did turn some heads, as Davis was a top ten ranked light-heavyweight at the time.

Well, as “Mr. Wonderful” prepares to fight Emanuel Newton in the opening round of Bellator’s light-heavyweight tourney this Saturday, Davis recently told MMA Junkie.com this:

“It was a really weird fight for me (against Bader); obviously I want to win every competition, but in my head it was just kind of a weird fight,” Davis said. “Now, fighting for Bellator, I feel like just my preparation reignited my love and passion for the sport. I’m very thankful – not that it was necessarily a bad opportunity before, but I think it’s a better opportunity where I’m at now.”

“I’ve fought professional for five different organizations, and I’m thankful for each one of them for giving me the opportunity to fight and advance my career…”

It will be interesting to see how things go for Davis in Bellator, as there’s no doubt the 30 year-old’s wrestling and grappling game is among the best at 205. So, don’t be surprised if Davis makes some big waves with his new employer.

Winning “Dynamite’s’ tourney will be tough; however, Newton is Bellator’s former champ and on the other side, “King Mo” Lawal will take on Linton Vassell.

“Dynamite” will go down at the SAP Center in San Jose.

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