With four wins in the Octagon and an 8-0 record it was only a matter of time before Phil Davis received the first high-profile fight of his career and now it appears his wait is finally over. Though nothing official has been announced, the 26-year old “Mr. Wonderful” is likely to face 10-2 Matt Hamill at UFC 129 on April 30 in Toronto.
News of the grapplers’ pairing and inclusion on the historic event was reported by MMAJunkie.
Hamill, a winner of his last five fights, should mark the biggest challenge of the four-time All-American wrestler’s career based on the Ultimate Fighter Season 3 alumnus’ comparable mat-based savvy, power, and improving stand-up. “The Hammer” is coming off a unanimous decision win over Tito Ortiz with success against Keith Jardine and Mark Munoz in other bouts also attached to his current streak.
However, while Hamill is a difficult draw it is far from a foregone conclusion he will emerge victor when he and Davis square off at the Rogers Centre. The former National Champion Wrestler out of Penn State has shown an ability to both submit opponents as well as render them defenseless from strikes. His last appearance in the Octagon resulted in a second-round modified Kimura of Tim Boetsch at UFC 123 in November.
The light heavyweight duo are set to join welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, defending his belt against Jake Shields, on the card, in addition other rumored match-ups between Lyoto Machida and Randy Couture, as well as Ben Henderson and Toronto native Mark Bocek. The show will mark the UFC‘s first in Ontario and is expected to shatter the North American attendance record for a MMA event.