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Phil Davis caught off-guard by mistaken announcement of match-up with Machida

For Phil Davis, Tuesday had to feel like he was in the Twilight Zone.

UFC President Dana White announced that Davis would be facing Lyoto Machida in a five-round, non-title fight that would serve as the main event for UFC 140 in Toronto this December.

The only problem was Davis had not been told this, and isn’t even physically ready to accept such a bout.

White later said he “jumped the gun” on his Twitter account in announcing the match, leaving Davis to wonder aloud what exactly is going on at the UFC office.

“All of this is news to me,” said Davis, in an interview with USA Today. “I’m still recovering and training. That’s pretty much the story. I guess the boss must have looked to book me…I’m just not a go yet.

“I would love to be in there putting on a good show and fighting, but my leg just does not agree with that. You put a timetable on it, it just may not work. You’ve just got to play it by ear. I don’t want to tell the fans I’m going to be back next week, and then that turns into two weeks from now or two months from now.”

Davis is recovering from surgery to repair a partially torn ligament in his knee suffered while training for a bout with Rashad Evans in August at UFC 133. He said he has not spoken with White or UFC matchmaker Joe Silva in two months.

“I wasn’t really involved in any of this whole story, other than I ‘m the guy in question,” Davis said. “I’ve got to get with the guys in charge and see what they want me to do next.”

The Davis-Machida bout has been rumored since “The Dragon” said no to replacing “Mr. Wonderful” against Evans. Machida’s management team has made several public statements in regards to having their fighter take on Davis.


  • Guthookd says:

    Yeah, don’t rush it Phil. Take your time and get as close to 100% as you can before the next one……especially if it’s Machida. You’re going to need both legs.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Would have been a interesting fight but I dont think Davis is on Machidas level just yet.

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  • edub says:

    Agreed with both of you guys. Davis simply isn’t ready for the skill set of Machida. His striking needs to improve quite drastically for a fight with a top 5 guy.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Phil Davis should have been caught even more off guard with Zuffa implying he was in the mix… I think even Phil knows he’s a work in progress…He’s got the abilities he’s just gotta sharpen them up, he didn’t exactly look great against Lil Nog.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Davis is definitely a work in progress, but I honestly think with bit more time he could give Machida a competitive fight. Davis wouldn’t be the first high caliber wrestler Machida has faced, but I do think he would actually use his wrestling to take down Machida instead of using it to stay standing like Rashad and Rampage did. I’m not saying he would dominate or even beat Machida, but I think he could make it more interesting than at first glance.

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