After fighting four times in 2010 and once already this year, rising prospect Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis was looking forward to taking some time off in order to further develop his skills — then he got a call from the UFC, who offered him what will likely be a title eliminator bout against former champion Rashad Evans.
Speaking with MMAWeekly.com recently, Davis explained that, even though a summer bout against Evans wasn’t exactly in his plans, he will be fully prepared by fight time and expects nothing but victory.
“The timing is fine,” Davis said. “I’m going to go out there and get a ‘W’ no matter what.”
Evans and Davis share many similarities as fighters, with both crafting their styles on top of a high-level collegiate wrestling base. Davis is aware of the dangers that Evans poses and looks forward to matching his skills against his more experienced counterpart.
“He’s someone I should definitely be concerned about, with my skill set,” Davis said. “I expect a pretty good fight. I invite the opportunity to face someone of his level of wrestling and I think I’ll be fine.”
Though he does acknowledge the danger that Evans poses, the 26-year-old Davis is confident as he is before any bout that he’ll be able to control the action and defeat his opponent.
“I like to think I’m going to be the one controlling the pace of any fight,” he said. “And I don’t think this will be any different. I will take this fight wherever it wants to go.”
Davis and Evans meet at UFC 133, which goes down August 6 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.