Originally scheduled to meet this past August in the main event of UFC 133, top-tier light heavyweight fighters Rashad Evans and Phil Davis will finally meet in the cage early next year in the main event of UFC on Fox 2.
The UFC recently announced that Evans and Davis will attempt to make good on that August-scheduled meeting – which was cancelled after Davis suffered a knee injury – on January 28, with the winner of the bout getting the next shot at the UFC light heavyweight title.
For Rashad, that means fighting for something he already owns. Suga has been poised to fight again for the belt he once wore several times over the past year, but saw those prospective dates cancelled due to injury, his or the champion’s. In his mind though, he’ll have to be able to beat the division’s best anyway and Phil Davis certainly fits the bill, leaving Evans with no lack of motivation.
“Some people may say I’m already the No. 1 contender, but I’m a fighter not a critic and I will go through anybody who stands in my way until I got a shot at the UFC title,” Evans said. “Having the opportunity to prove that I’m the top contender in the division on FOX – the biggest stage there is – is just icing on the cake. I will leave no doubt that I’m the top guy in the light heavyweight division after my fight on FOX.”
For the 26-year-old Davis, the fight is a chance to truly break into the upper echelon and make the transition from promising prospect to a top of the food chain fighter.
“I am excited to be a part of the UFC on FOX in Chicago,” Davis said. “I was pretty upset when the fight with Rashad didn’t happen in August. I am ready for him now. He is one of the best guys in the world. I can’t wait and I’m confident that I’m going to win.”
UFC on Fox 2 will take place on January 28 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois and will also feature high-stakes bouts between middleweights Chael Sonnen and Mark Muñoz, as well as Michael Bisping and Demian Maia.