Wrestling is typically labeled as the best base to build on for individuals interested in a Mixed Martial Arts career, as the techniques involved can either aid in taking a superior striker down or fending off a fellow grappler’s attempts to drag action to the mat. Of course, it also puts an individual at risk of being caught by a BJJer on his/her back if action takes that route too often.
UFC light heavyweight Phil Davis – a championship caliber wrestler during his collegiate days – will attempt to add further substance to argument for his foundation when he faces decorated submission specialist Vinny Magalhaes in a little more than a week at UFC 159.
“Wrestling’s one of those things that it’s just a more powerful art form. It’s just better,” said Davis to MMAFightCorner when asked to compare wrestling to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. “I tell people if you’re going to learn something, learn jiu-jitsu because it’s fun. You’ll have fun doing it. I like it. But if you want to learn how to fight, learn wrestling.”
The 28-year old was also quick to point out that he may not have Magalhaes’ credentials when it comes to submissions but is still familiar enough with techniques to turn the tables if need be.
“There’s no reason to assume I would not tap out Vinny. What, he doesn’t have a throat? He doesn’t have arms? Of course I know how to do all of that. It’s what I do,” explained Davis. “I enjoy the jiu-jitsu game. I think it’s a lot fun. I think it’s really, really useful. But I don’t think it’s the end all be all.”
Davis is 10-1 since turning pro a little more than four years ago. He holds past wins over respected adversaries including Tim Boetsch, Brian Stann, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Alexander Gustafsson. Comparably, Magalhaes holds a 10-5 mark including eight victories by way of submission as well as two TKOs to his credit.
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