Many people believe Daniel Cormier will be a considerable challenge for Jon Jones at UFC 182, but not as many are predicting the light-heavyweight will defeat the planet’s best pound-for-pound fighter. If you’re one of the latter, well, it might make you feel good to know that Phil Davis agrees with you.
Cormier and Jones were originally set to fight at UFC 178, but after the light-heavyweight champ incurred a knee injury, the fight was moved to January 3rd. Davis is preparing for an October 25th fight with Glover Teixeira, and while speaking with with FOX Sports.com recently, he weighed in on Jones-Cormier.
Davis, who spends most of his time training out of Alliance MMA, had this to say:
“I spent some time up in San Jose working with Daniel Cormier and trained with the fellas up there. Daniel’s not super similar as far as his fighting style, but just his height and range is similar to Glover (Teixeira) so he’s a good fighter to work with,”
“DC he’s in good shape and he’s always improving. So I imagine DC’s going to go and beat up on Jon Jones.”
How about that? Now, of course, Davis could just be saying that since he also admitted in the interview that Cormier’s his buddy, but that’s a bold prediction no?
Davis has also made it clear in the past that he’s not a big fan of Jones either, and furthered that as long as DC “gets to beat up on Jon Jones that’s a plus.”
As far as Davis goes, “Mr. Wonderful” is in need of a win, following his UD loss to Anthony Johnson in April. Since Teixeira is the division’s #4 ranked fighter, a loss wouldn’t be catastrophic, but a victory would certainly go a long way in restoring Davis as a title contender.
The 30 year-old Davis is currently ranked #6 at 205, and prior to facing Johnson, he had scored consecutive victories over Wagner Prado, Vinny Magalhaes and Lyoto Machida.
Davis-Teixeira will co-headline the October 25th, UFC 179, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.