Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis will have the biggest fight of his young MMA career this August when he meets former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans in a title eliminator bout.
Speaking with MMA:30 recently, Davis — a Penn State standout from Harrisburg, PA — discussed what he thinks it will be like to face off against “Suga” in front of a hometown crowd at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
“It’s a good fight for me,” said the 26-year-old. “It’ll be right in Philly — Wells Fargo Arena. All my friends and teammates, everyone I’ve known since probably the third grade is going to be there.”
Davis admitted though, that fighting in front of an audience of family and close friends is something of a double-edged sword.
“It’s a little bit of both, I didn’t think it would be a bad thing at all until I realized, everyone I know is going to be there. So, it’s kind of crazy,” he said.
At the end of the day, Davis knows he needs to make a statement because of that and also if he wants to carry confidence into a title fight.
“I’ve gotta win and it’s gotta be very impressive,” said Davis.
Check out Davis’ interview below, where he explains the story behind his nickname.