Phil Davis knows that Vinny Magalhaes possesses great jiu-jitsu. He also thinks that particular style of fighting will cost him since wrestling outweighs it.
“Vinny’s jiu-jitsu doesn’t concern me at all because he’s bound by the laws of jiu-jitsu,” said Davis. “But some of the rules in jiu-jitsu, I break. I follow the rules of wrestling, and with wrestling, it’s a little bit stronger of an art form.”
“Mr. Wonderful” will get his chance to prove that theory when he takes on Magalhaes in a month.
Davis won the NCAA title at 197 pounds in 2008 and earned All American honors four times. His only UFC loss came to former champion Rashad Evans.
Magalhaes won in his UFC return after being released following a 0-2 start. Four wins out of M-1 helped Magalhaes return to the Octagon.
They are set for the main card of UFC 159. That’s on April 27 from Newark, NJ’s Prudential Center.