UFC 163’s Phil Davis: “I Plan on Submitting Everybody”
By FCF Staff
Phil Davis has rebounded with back-to-back wins, after he was defeated for the first and only time in his career last January, when he fell by unanimous decision to Rashad Evans. Up next, Davis will take on another former light-heavyweight champ in Lyoto Machida, at this Saturday’s UFC 163 card in Rio de Janeiro.
Davis appeared on the latest episode of “UFC Tonight” Monday to talk about the upcoming fight and Machida, whose unorthodox style has given many opponent’s serious difficulties in the past.
“You can’t bring in anyone to your camp who does his style because he’s so unique,” Davis noted about Machida, who is coming off wins over Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson. “You have to concentrate on what you do. I wrestle. I have effective strikes to my takedowns. I have to make him uncomfortable, keep him moving and keep him worrying about what I’m going to do next.”
Davis is coming off a one sided, unanimous decision win over Vinny Magalhaes at UFC 159, after tapping out Wagner Prado with a nicely executed Anaconda Choke at UFC 153. Although Davis is more widely known for his All-American wrestling skills, observers are also taking notice of his submission game.
“I plan on submitting everybody. I plan on going in there and submitting the other guy. He goes home happy, a little bit sore, and nobody’s hurt. I will knock somebody out if I have to, but I pray to god that it doesn’t have to happen.”
UFC 163 will be hosted by the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and the main card will be available via pay-per-view. The main event will feature featherweight champ Jose Aldo taking on Chan Sung Jung.