In a recent interview, former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin joked about his fear of losing to Phil Davis at UFC 155 based purely on the color of his adversary’s gear. “Mr. Wonderful” is well-known for wearing pink trunks, though his choice of attire is only one of the many unique characteristics Davis possesses.
The 28-year old Davis is one of the division’s top wrestlers and a fantastic athlete in general, compiling a 10-1 record in MMA with his only loss coming on the scorecards to Rashad Evans. With a challenge like Griffin in front of him, Davis has an opportunity to solidify his position as one of the top 205ers in the sport on December 29, and is fully prepared to live up to his potential by beating his seasoned foe.
“It’s true. Nobody wants to lose to a guy in pink shorts,” Davis replied through laughter when asked about Griffin’s comments in a conversation with the UFC before turning to a more serious topic.
“I’m ready for everything that goes along with fighting Forrest Griffin. I’m more or less ready to write my own story. This is one of those fights,” Davis continued. “Everything he has, he will try to hit you with. He’s almost better when he’s down a round-and-a-half. That’s when he’s most dangerous.”
Griffin is a game opponent as evident by past wins over Rich Franklin, Tito Ortiz, Mauricio Rua, and Quinton Jackson. However, those victories are in the rear-view mirror, while Davis is focused on the present and even the future to an extent.
“I’m just now reaching my stride. I’m not where I want to be, I’m nowhere near where I’m going to be, but I’m just now reaching the point where I’m like, “Whoa…I can do something really cool,’” explained Davis of his growth as a fighter in the past year.
Davis is coming off a second-round submission of Wagner Prado in October, adding to other triumphs in the Octagon including those over Tim Boetsch, Brian Stann, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Alexander Gustafsson.
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