Phil Davis may have suffered a setback last January when he lost by unanimous decision to Rashad Evans, but the renowned wrestler has already put himself back in position to secure a top five ranking. The reason being, that thanks to wins over Wagner Prado and most recently Vinny Magalhaes, Davis has been booked to fight Lyoto Machida at UFC 163 on August 3rd. While some fans may perceive Alexander Gustafsson as the number one contender, because he’ll fight champion Jon Jones next, technically it’s Machida.

So, if the #8 ranked “Mr. Wonderful” defeats the #1 contender Machida, it will be interesting to see who Joe Silva and the UFC decide to give him next. In  a recent interview with Rebellion Media’s Rick Lee, the rising light-heavyweight discussed what might materialize if he takes out “The Dragon”.

“I’ll take whatever is available at that time. If it’s another top contender, that will work, but if that puts me in the top one, two, in line for the title shot, I’ll take that too.”

If Davis can beat Machida, he would become just the fourth man to do so, as “Shogun” Rua, “Rampage” Jackson and Jones are the only men who have. That’s pretty elite company. While Machida has been involved in some less than memorable bouts, he’s also the striking marvel that KO’d Ryan Bader,Randy Couture, Thiago Silva and Evans. As a result, Davis understands that beating the former champ is easier said than done.

“Everything needs to be done right in this fight. You’ve got a guy who you can’t make a lot of mistakes against. You’ve got a crowd that’s not going to let you make a mistake and get away with it. Everything needs to be right. That right there; that’s enough pressure. I’m not going to add all these external ‘what ifs’, ‘if you don’t, you know what’s going to happen’, ‘do you know what they’ll say’, nah, forget all that. I got to win and I’ve got to beat the best “Dragon” that’s going to show up.”

UFC 163 will be hosted by the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.