During a recent press conference, Dana White broke down the details of what had transpired this past week behind the scenes causing the change to the UFC 133 headlines.
During that explanation details arose that Davis was still able to compete, but it was White’s decision to preserve the undefeated Davis instead of feeding him to Evans with a strained knee.
“The reality is the kid [Phil Davis] is hurt,” said White. “He’s a young guy, he’s undefeated, he can’t even train in kickboxing for the next couple weeks. He can wrestle to some extent, but … why would I want to do that to a young, up-and-coming kid? To do that to a young guy who is up and coming, who is undefeated, made no sense.”
“Let me tell you this, Phil Davis 100-percent still wanted this fight,” White said. “I’m like, ‘There’s no way, kid. Who is to say you can’t kickbox for two and a half weeks,’ and in two weeks he starts full training again and totally blows it out and gets hurt? Now he’s going to be out for God knows how long and we just lost the main event a week before the fight.”
With Davis not requiring surgery, it is likely we will see Davis back in the cage soon against top talent in the division.
Quotes transcribed by MMAMania