Phil Davis did a little bit of different preparing for his upcoming bout with Lyoto Machida. While he studied “The Dragon,” Davis was also watching tapes of his corner.
“I got a feel for what he likes to do and when he likes to do it,” said Davis on USA TODAY Sports. “And I know when the corner calls for it. You could say spying, but you could also say studying. Studying sounds more studious.”
Their UFC 163 fight could help determine the next light heavyweight No. 1 contender.
Davis is a former NCAA Division I wrestler with an 11-1 MMA record. He’s won his last two since losing to former champion Rashad Evans in early 2012.
Machida was the light heavyweight champion for a time. He dropped the belt to the current title bearer Jon Jones and has two wins since the summer of last year.
UFC 163 is August 3 from the HSBC Arena in Brazil.