According to a recent report made by Sherdog.com, Jason Brilz will be stepping up to take on Phil Davis at UFC 129 in Matt Hamill’s place. Davis and Hamill were scheduled to fight at the event, but Hamill was called up to replace Thiago Silva against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 130 late this May.
Brilz sports an overall record of 18-3-1 and a UFC record of 3-2, with losses to Eliot Marshall and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (both split decisions) outweighed by wins over Brad Morris (TKO), Tim Boetsch (unanimous decision), and Eric Schafer (unanimous decision). A wrestling coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, 35-year old Brilz stepped up on short notice to take on Nogueira in his last outing, filling in for an injured Forrest Griffin. Brilz did very well in the bout, controlling the Brazilian Jiu jitsu expert with his own wrestling-based grappling and keeping things exciting enough to earn Fight of the Night honors. Despite his efforts, he was still handed a split decision loss that many found to be controversial.
While perhaps not as flashy as current 205 lbs. darling Jon Jones, Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis is slowly establishing himself as one of the best young prospects in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. A four-time Division 1 All American at Penn State, Davis has managed to go undefeated in eight fights as a professional. He has picked up half of those wins in the UFC, dominating Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, Rodney Wallace, and Tim Boetsch so far. The 26-year old trains out of Alliance MMA with coach Lloyd Irvin.
UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields is scheduled to take place this April 30th at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.