With UFC 132 now in the history books, the next major UFC event is exactly a month away. On August 6th, former UFC light heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans will face former Penn State wrestling standout Phil Davis in the main event of UFC 133: Evans vs. Davis.
Undefeated rising star Phil 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.
Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans hasn’t fought since becoming the number one contender to the light heavyweight title by defeating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson by unanimous decision at UFC 114 in May of 2010. Evans decided to bide his time and allow then-champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to recover from knee surgery. Following an unfortunate sparring incident incurred while preparing for the planned title shot, Evans gave his blessing for younger training partner Jon Jones to step up and fight for the light heavyweight championship in his stead, who dominated Shogun en route to winning the title via third round TKO. On August 6, the 31-year-old hopes a win will put him in line for a shot against former teammate Jones.
“My road back to the title continues in Philadelphia against Phil Davis and I expect this to be one of the best fights of the year,” said Evans. “Phil is on the rise in this sport and it’s my job to put an end to that. He’s a former national champion wrestler and he’s been impressive thus far in the UFC, but my experience in big fights gives me the edge. I want another shot at the belt and I’ve got to beat Phil to earn it.”
UFC 133: Evans vs. Davis will take place on August 6, 2011 from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.