The UFC officially announced this week their return to Philadelphia for UFC 133 on Saturday, Aug. 6 from the Wells Fargo Center. In the main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans takes on rising star and former Penn State wrestling standout Phil Davis.
Evans was originally scheduled to take on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua earlier this year in a bout which he waited several months on the shelf to ensure that he got, before ultimately blowing out his knee at the eleventh hour. The drama which came about once his young teammate, Jonny “Bones” Jones, stepped up to take the shot in his place, paved the way for their title fight once Jones took the belt from Rua. Another wrench was thrown in the gears though, when it was revealed that Jones would be taking time off to address a long-nagging hand injury. On Aug. 6, the 31-year-old hopes a win will put him in line for a shot at Jones.
Davis returns to his native Pennsylvania with plans to score the biggest win of his career. A Division I National wrestling champion in 2008, the former Nittany Lion Davis (9-0) has torn through the UFC’s light heavyweight division. With wins over the likes of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Brian Stann, “Mr. Wonderful” believes he’ll cement his place among the 205-pound best with a huge victory over Evans at Wells Fargo Center.
“I’m definitely glad to be back in Pennsylvania for the biggest fight of my life,” Davis, a Harrisburg native, said. “It’s going to be good to be able to fight in front of all my family and friends. I feel like I can take this fight wherever I want. I can wrestle with Rashad, I can strike with him, and I feel confident wherever this fight goes. Rashad Evans is the most dangerous opponent I’ve ever faced, but I don’t think for a minute that I’m outmatched. I’m going to take care of this fight and do whatever I have to do to beat Rashad.”
Tickets for UFC 133: Evans vs. Davis go on sale exclusively through ComcastTIX tomorrow, Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $500, $350, $225, $150, $100, and $50. Tickets are available on line at ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200, or in person at the Wells Fargo Center Box Office. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. Tickets are subject to convenience and service fees.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.