Fast-rising UFC light heavyweight Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis increased his stock in the 205-pound division last weekend at UFC 123 when he submitted Tim Boetsch with a modified kimura in the second round of their fight. The submission, which had UFC color commentator Joe Rogan gushing, seems to have been invented by Davis. Speaking with MMAWeekly.com recently, Davis revealed the possible names for the move and walked through his thought process in securing it.
“On Twitter they’re calling it ‘the Wonderbar’ or ‘the Philmura,'” said Davis. “It’s kind of like a one-arm version of the Kimura and I love it.”
Davis explained that it was necessary he alter the kimura, as Boetsch’s flexibility prevented him from tapping to the initial submission attempt.
“When I originally went for the Kimura, I knew he had rubbery arms,” he said. “Most guys I train with tap as soon as I extend their arm pretty straight and he wasn’t tapping, so I knew he was pretty rubbery.”
“Mr. Wonderful” earned Submission of the Night honors for his improvised finish and stoked the opinion that he is one of the brightest prospects at light heavyweight. Despite the extra cash and the accolades, Davis was disappointed with one aspect of his fight with Boetsch: the fact that he was forced to hurt his opponent.
“It sucks that I have to say this, but I knew I was going to have to rip it,” Davis admitted. “He wasn’t going to tap from just pressure. Man, I mean, he’s too rubbery. His shoulders are so flexible. So I had to pull on it and kind of adjust it a little bit more than I wanted to. I don’t wanna see anybody hurt. I want him to be able to go home and play with his wife and kids.”