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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.


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