UFC 172 was suppose to be Phil Davis’ time to shine.
“Mr. Wonderful” was expected to walk through the returning Anthony Johnson and push right into a title shot. He even went as far as calling out Jon Jones all week, proclaiming to be the man to beat him – if he survived Glover Teixeira.
Instead, Jones dominated Teixeira and Davis was dominated by Johnson. Now, the former Penn State University wrestling standout tries to re-group against Teixeira this Saturday night at UFC 179.
What happened to Davis? The same man who submitted Alexander Gustafsson and was coming off a decision win over former UFC champion Lyoto Machida – in Brazil?
He got away from his excellent wrestling and his push to be the best.
Davis (12-2) didn’t seem like that “self-proclaimed” No. 1 contender he spoke of all week leading up to his fight with “Rumble.” And, while talking has always been a big part of his game, it seemed almost a little too much.
Since the loss, we’ve heard less and less out of Davis – and that could be the exact approach needed to take out Teixeira.