A victory over Phil Davis this weekend at UFC on Fox 2 guarantees Rashad Evans his long overdue shot at the UFC light heavyweight title. Though Suga would like fewer things more than the chance to take the belt from arch-rival Jon Jones, he isn’t looking past the immediate threat that Davis poses.
“Honestly, when it comes down to it, this is my title fight right here. I can’t look past Phil in any way, shape or form,” Evans said. “The whole Jon Jones talk and what could potentially happen if I win this fight or whatever, it really don’t matter. You know what I’m sayin’? It really doesn’t matter. Everything is contingent upon my performance (against Phil) and that’s the only thing I can even think about right now.”
Davis, however, is not up for a shot at the belt, as veteran Dan Henderson will get a crack at Jones first if Evans loses. That works fine for Davis, who’s happy to wait patiently for his shot at the Hendo-Jones winner once he defeats Rashad.
“Pretty much, after I beat Rashad on the 28, they won’t really have anything else to do with me other than have me fight Jon,” said Davis. “Rashad is the true number one contender and if he loses who else do I fight? The champion. (Hendo getting the next shot) actually works well. Hendo fights for the title and whatever happens with that, I’m up next.”
The light heavyweight title picture becomes much more clear this weekend when Evans and Davis step into the cage to do battle at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, establishing the number one 205lbs. contender one way or the other.