Although it’s been a while now since the ‘Lyoto Machida Era’ ended, the former light-heavyweight champ continues to be a formidable force in the division, as his KO win over Ryan Bader last summer vividly demonstrated. In fact, Machida currently is ranked as the #1 contender, thanks to his unorthodox style and stopping power that has posed problems for many accomplished fighters.
This is why Phil Davis has been given a massive opportunity to jump right into the title shot mix, if he can defeat Machida at UFC 163.”Mr. Wonderful” has put together an impressive 7-1 (with 1 no contest) record so far in the UFC, and has turned to his renowned, All American wrestling skills to help him do so. Perhaps this is why, heading into his August 3rd tilt with Machida, Davis is more than confident that his grappling pedigree will help him deliver the win. While speaking to Sherdog.com recently, the 28 year-old stated:
“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.
“If [takedowns are] not something you don’t already fear, you might want to go watch some tape,” he added. “That’s a reasonable option every time I step in that Octagon. 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.”
Machida is a BJJ black belt, so he’s no slouch on the mat, but he may need to keep this fight standing in order to secure a victory. It will be very interesting to see if he can.
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