UFC light-heavyweight Vinny Magalhaes has finally started living up to the potential he’s always shown as a high-level BJJ blackbelt, stringing together wins in his last six scraps including a submission of Igor Pokrajac in his return to the Octagon after a three-year hiatus. Rather than look for an easy way to add a seventh straight victory to his streak, the confident 28-year old decided to call out Phil Davis and ultimately got his wish with the two being booked at UFC 159.
Magalhaes recently spoke with MMAFightCorner where he admitted his interest in facing Davis was based on the 10-1 grappler’s status as a Top 10 competitor coupled with a style he feels he is suited to beat.
“My last fight I fought a guy who was definitely not like in the Top 15, definitely not in the Top 10. But he was coming off of three wins in the UFC…This time I just felt like I needed to call out somebody that was a little better ranked and somebody that, in my opinion, would make more sense too,” explained Davis. “I did not feel like calling out people that I think would be like a really hard fight. And with Phil Davis style-wise, I think he could be somehow like an easy fight. Out of the guys in top ten, I think Phil Davis is the easiest fight for me to take. So, that’s why I started to call him out. At first it was nothing personal, it was more like ‘Hey that’s the guy.’ That’s the style that I have, so that’s why I called him out. Then, his response became a little bit personal. The whole thing for me is to go in there and get a win against a Top 10 guy.”
The 10-5 Magalhaes has finished all of the opponents he’s beaten. He and Davis are set to square off on the PPV portion of the April 27 event.
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