The fact that UFC light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones wasn’t really interested in rematching Lyoto Machida at this juncture has worked out nicely for Phil Davis, as now “Mr. Wonderful” has reportedly been tapped to fight the former champ at UFC 163 on August 3rd. It’s a huge fight for Davis, as aside from a unanimous decision loss to another former champ in Rashad Evans last January, the accomplished wrestler has been steadily working his way up the light-heavyweight ranks. If he gets through Machida, Davis won’t be far out from a title shot.
Another interesting thing about the match-up, is that it sort of appeared out of thin air, as in, neither Machida and Davis were seeking out microphones to call the other guy out (since Machida has been promised a couple title shots now, only to have them slip away, Davis probably wasn’t front and center on his radar screen). Prior to UFC 160, and the recent reports about his next fight, Davis made these interesting comments about his schedule (quote via MMA Junkie.com).
“I don’t really look for fights,” said the 28 year old. “Fights just find me. That’s just the way I do things. That’s just the way I run it. So I’m just going to sit back on my couch for something to happen. Then I’ll answer my phone and fly wherever I have to fly to.”
Davis is coming off a one sided, unanimous decision win over Vinny Magalhaes at UFC 159 in April, which was a fight the latter was extremely proactive about securing.
“That’s what I do. He calls me out, he wants to fight – cool. I’ll fight you. It’s not a problem. All you have to do is say, ‘Please. Do you wanna fight?’ I’ll fight you. After the fight, it was cool. (Magalhaes) came to the back, and he was gentleman. It was all good.”
The UFC has got to love his attitude. It will be interesting to see how he looks against Machida; there’s a lot riding on that fight for both men
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