Phil Davis was set to compete in the toughest and most high-profile fight of his young (and currently unblemished) career this August against former UFC light heavyweight champion and current top contender Rashad Evans — and that’s exactly why UFC president Dana White forced him off the card when he injured his knee during training.
White explained that the 26-year-old had no reason to risk his record or long-term health by pushing through a knee injury during the last stages of training for such an important fight and, though Davis reluctantly agrees with the UFC boss, he recently told ESPN.com that he still can’t shake the feeling of defeat for not being able to go through with the scrap.
“I wanted to fight, but I think Dana White has had more experience with my personality type,” Davis said “I think he made a good call. But being the person I am, I don’t like to back out. I don’t think it’s a defeat necessarily, but somehow it feels like a loss. There’s no saying ‘uncle’.”
Keeping the details of his injury close to the chest, Davis can say that his knee is progressing along, but that he doesn’t currently have any timeline for a return. He is more focused at this point on rehabbing the injury fully and completely than rushing back to the cage.
“Right now, I’m just doing some rehab, some therapy,” Davis said. “I will start doing some training this week. I just want to get healthy. I’m not looking at a strict time line. That’s how you end up with disappointment. I just want to be healthy.”