Occasionally a closely-contested or controversial clash will result in an immediate rematch. However, that won’t be the case when it comes to a recent rumble between UFC light heavyweights Phil Davis (12-1) and Lyoto Machida (19-4).
The two tussled earlier this month at UFC 163 where “Mr. Wonderful” walked away with a Unanimous Decision win despite many onlookers feeling as though Machida had provided the bulk of the bout’s offense. An understandably upset Machida was quick to express interest in a second meeting after the match-up’s conclusion, as many fans have called for since, but it looks like Davis won’t be biting the bait.
“I have twelve wins. All those guys want rematches. You’re not the first person who wants a rematch. You fight every fight like this. You fight close fights,” said Davis in the direction of Machida on an episode of The MMA Hour. “Name one fight that he didn’t finish where he beat the crap out of somebody.”
“You live by that sword, you die by that sword. When you habitually leave it to the judges, that strategy will fail you. I can’t say it any other way,” he concluded.
The win was Davis’ third straight and snapped a similar streak owned by Machida, thought by most to be in line for a title-shot if successful in the showdown.