Although lots of fans are anxiously awaiting to see what unfolds in the UFC 163 headliner between Jose Aldo and “The Korean Zombie”, the card will feature a pivotal light-heavyweight scrap between former champ Lyoto Machida, and rising contender Phil Davis.
Since Machida currently is ranked #1 in the division, he’ll need to defeat Davis if he hopes to lock up a title fight with the winner of Jon Jones-Alexander Gustafsson (although Glover Teixeira may have something to say about that). Davis, meanwhile, has won two straight fights now since he was defeated by Rashad Evans, which was his only loss in 9 UFC fights. As “Mr. Wonderful” recently relayed to Sherdog.com, he needs to take out “The Dragon” on August 3rd, if he wants to break into the title shot mix.
“You’re never going to be a great fighter until you beat one of those guys,” he said. “I need to be [in there] against that top 10 competition. Now, I’m there. Now, I’m ready to contend with any of those guys.”
This is true. And why does Davis think he can defeat Machida, or any other top contender for that matter? Not surprisingly, the Four-Time NCAA All-American wrestler pointed to his takedown and grappling abilities.
“I will take you down. I will do it. It’s well understood,” Davis said. “Other guys don’t have that. Even if they do have wrestling credentials, they don’t use their takedown in the way that I do. It’s kind of hard to look at tape and say this is what he’s going to do when I get close to him. He might try to run away from the takedown when I get close to him.
“That’s always something you want to put in the back of a guy’s head: I will pick you up, I will slam you on your head and I will embarrass you.”
It should be a fascinating fight to catch. UFC 163 will be hosted by the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and the main card will be available via pay-per-view.