Phil Davis may have scored a unanimous decision win over Lyoto Machida at UFC 163, and now sits at #4 in the promotion’s light-heavyweight rankings as a result, but there are plenty of people who weren’t happy with the judge’s scoring that night. Naturally, Machida and his camp believe “The Dragon” won the bout and they’ve been calling for a rematch with “Mr. Wonderful.” Since it was a close and important fight, the argument goes, why not do it again right?
Well, Davis appeared on the most recent edition of “The MMA Hour”, and here’s what the renowned wrestler had to say about the controversial bout, and Machida’s calls for an immediate rematch.
“I have 12 wins, 11 wins, all those guys want rematches,” Davis said. “You’re not the first person who wants a rematch. You fight every fight like this. You fight close fights. 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,” added Davis, who has won three straight bouts. “When you habitually leave it to the judges, that strategy will fail you. I can’t say it any other way.”
Whether a rematch is warranted aside, at the end of the day, it’s not going to happen unless the masses are calling for one, which certainly was the case when Machida was handed a controversial UD win over “Shogun” Rua in 2009 (the latter blasted Machida in the immediate rematch to become light-heavyweight champ).
Davis also had this to say about Machida’s heralded takedown defense, and the fact that it was recorded the wrestler went 2 for 10 in the takedown’s department.
“If you have a guy like Lyoto Machida, who keeps an extra-long range, who has great kicks and his kicks allow him to keep a great range and strike from the outside, and he’s a counter striker, in order to close the distance and take him down, you have to jump through hoops and make this happen. He’s able to, from that distance, evade a lot of takedowns. So to say he’s got the best takedown defense in the light heavyweight division, you are inaccurately reporting on what’s going on. Now let me say, he has great, fast hips. He’s not easy to take down by any stretch of the imagination.”
It’s going to be interesting to see who the UFC taps for Davis next, as it doesn’t look like a rematch is in the works. Most of the top ten light-heavyweights are currently booked for bouts, or Davis has already fought them.
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