Although plenty of fans won’t lose any sleep if Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis never fight again, there are certainly some who would like to see a rematch, considering how their UFC 163 tilt went down. Davis was of course handed the unanimous decision win, in a bout lots of people and Fight Metric scored for Machida. Following the fight, both “The Dragon” and his manager Ed Soares began calling for a rematch.
Davis was interviewed on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, and if you’re one of the people who believes the two should fight again, unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like “Mr. Wonderful” agrees (comments via MMA Fighting.com).
“I have 12 wins, 11 wins (Davis’ record is 12-1 with 1 no contest), all those guys want rematches,” Davis said. “You’re not the first person who wants a rematch. You fight every fight like this. You fight close fights. Name one fight that he didn’t finish where he beat the crap out of somebody.”
“You live by that sword, you die by that sword,” said Davis. “When you habitually leave it to the judges, that strategy will fail you. I can’t say it any other way.”
With the victory, Davis moved up to the #4 spot in the promotion’s light-heavyweight rankings, while Machida dropped from #1 to #2. So how did the decorated wrestler see the fight? According to Davis, he believes he won rounds one and two.
“The first was pretty even,” said Davis. “The first round is almost always a hard round to score. There’s not a lot of momentum. A lot of times people are feeling each other out. Machida has this style where he’ll wait until the last minute-and-a-half of the round, explode with a flurry, evade, evade, not for the rest of the time, but pretty much. If you get taken down in that minute-and-a-half time frame, you’re screwed. So he lost that round. To say takedowns shouldn’t decide a round, well, then one flurry shouldn’t win the round.”
Considering the fight wasn’t filled with highlight reel moments or many memorable exchanges, chances are, the UFC is also ready to move on. It’s going to be interesting to see who the promotion looks to match both Machida and Davis up against next.
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