Phil Davis had no idea the UFC was planning on putting him into the main event spot of UFC 140 to face Lyoto Machida in December.
UFC President Dana White told MMAWeekly.com that Davis-Machida was going to be a five-round, non-title fight at the card in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Several hours later, though, White took to his Twitter account to say he was ahead of himself in saying the fight was on.
Davis, who is recovering from knee surgery, says he hasn’t talked to White or Joe Silva, the UFC’s matchmaker, in about two months.
“I wasn’t really involved in any of this whole story, other than I’m the guy in question,” said Davis, in an interview with USA Today. “I’ve got to get with the guys in charge and see what they want me to do next. I’m merely one of the characters in a video game. I just run down the field. I don’t call the plays.
“I’m still recovering and training. That’s pretty much the story. I guess the boss must have looked to book me…I’m just not a go yet.”
Davis was last scheduled to meet Rashad Evans in August, but was forced out of the bout after tearing a ligament in training. He said his knee is improving each day, but is still not in fight shape.
“I would love to be in there putting on a good show and fighting, but my leg does not agree with that,” Davis said. “You put a timetable on it, it just may not work. You’ve got to play it by ear…I don’t want to tell the fans I’m going to be back next week, and then that turns into two weeks from now or two months from now.”
Currently, UFC 140 has big-name fights involving Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz meeting brothers Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, respectively.