UFC light heavyweight Phil Davis is a freakishly talented athlete with some of the best wrestling in the division and a solid arsenal of submissions at his disposal. He’s also already notched victories over the likes of Brian Stann, Tim Boetsch, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Alexander Gustafsson despite having been a professional fighter for less than five years.
Though his resume is impressive, Davis has a ways to go before being an all-time great and will attempt to take the next step up in his career by beating Lyoto Machida (19-3) tomorrow night at UFC 163. Machida is an elite 205er with a tricky style and the added motivation of fighting in front of his fellow Brazilians, giving Davis a true test aimed at showing he belongs in the discussion for a title-shot. Of course, that doesn’t mean the 28-year old “Mr. Wonderful” has been losing any sleep over the scrap.
“I don’t need to stress over how to beat ‘The Dragon’. You know what? I’m good. I’m not worried about whether I have skills or not,” explained the confident Davis in an interview with the UFC’s website. “I want to beat him because that’s what I’ve set out to do. When you’re willing to sacrifice everything to win, you will figure out a way to win on the spot. My mind is set on winning and I will not settle for anything less.”
The 11-1 Davis understands he’s an underdog in the effort but isn’t bothered by it based on the dedication he has to his chosen craft.
“I work on my MMA game. If I could beat a guy like Vinny Magalhaes without even using my biggest weapons, without using my wrestling at all, or my jiu-jitsu … barring injury, you will continue to see a new Phil Davis every time I step into the Octagon,” said Davis. “You gotta give me time at this and I will do amazing things.”
Fans can catch Davis-Machida in the co-headlining slot of Saturday night’s PPV.