Phil Davis: If you beat the Number One Contender, then you’re the new Number One Contender

Top Light Heavyweight prospect “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis, who will face Rashad Evans at UFC 133, discusses his opponent and shares his thoughts on fighting the division’s number one contender.  Davis explains that he originally wanted to take time off after defeating Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at last month’s UFC Fight Night 24, but says the opportunity was to good to pass up.

UFC 133 is set to take place August 6th from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  While there has been no official announcement, the Light Heavyweight clash between Evans and Davis will likely headline the stacked card, which will also feature Antonio Rogerio Nogueria vs. Rich Franklin and Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama.



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    April 27, 2011 at 8:49 am

    What about when Rampage gets through Matt???

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    April 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Prolly fight the winner of Shogun/Griffin…which would be awesome

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    April 27, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I agree with you, Phil.

    If you beat the number one contender, then you should automatically become the number one contender for the title. That being said, If you beat Rashad, which I doubt you will be able to do, Jon Jones will just run through you.

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    April 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

    So humble, such a great guy.. hell be a beast someday

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    April 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Rampage has to be #1 contender if Davis beats Rashad. Its happened before many times

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    April 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    No doubt seems like a level headed dude wonder if we’ll see him change like Jones clearly has, I expect Rashad to win but I see Davis being a top 5 guy in the long term. Disappointed with the match making for Davis to a certain degree but win or loose I look forward to seeing him develop.

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    April 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    He’s right. Presumably Rashad is the number one contender because you think he’d beat everyone else in the division who’s not the champ. If Davies beats him then, under the same system of judgement, you have to assume the same about Davis. So yeah you’re right, if you beat Rashad **** Rua or Griffen or Rampage or Hamill, I hope you get your title shot.

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    April 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    IF Rampage beats Hamill, he should still not be the #1 contender. Davis is right.

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    April 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Hand-to-hand combat – my ass. When was the last time two guys rolled around on a battle field in a fight? F-off. Trillions of dollars of hardware and equipment and they’re going to teach how to sneak up on a guy and kill him – LOL! They shoot and they bomb, that’s what they do.

    All of this is just recruiting crap.

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    April 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I don’t really see how people are defending Rampage who is 1-1 in his last two, and barely eeked out a decision in that one win with many people giving it to Machida. Compare that to Davis’ five (or six after this) UFC-fight winning streak in which he already dominated top-ten veteran in Lil Nog (or two top-ten veterans if he sorts Rashad). Regardless of what happens between Rampage and Hammil, as a matter of FACT, based on recent performances and current standings, Davis is more worthy of number one contender status than Jackson.

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    April 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Rampage is #1 contender after Rashad no matter if Davis wins… Don’t forget Rampage was offered the tittle bout BEFORE Jones… but he was too out of shape to sign the dotted lines for a title fight. So it’s either Rampage VS Davis for the #1 contender spot or Rampage VS Jones.. period !!

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    April 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    how on earth is Davis not no.1 contender if he beats Rashad? Evan’s has had the No.1 Contender spot for Shogun originally, then had to pull out as we all know. Then it was offered about, so your argument for Rampage being No.1 Contender is completely invalid, especially considering he’s lost Rashard aswell.

    Beat the No.1 Contender and you become the No.1 Contender, simple.

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    April 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm


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    April 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm


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    April 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    sleepy stalks me, i am scared for my life

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    April 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I liked his honesty when he says he has everything i have and a little more. I lot more speed i think too.

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    April 27, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Haha my thoughts exactly.

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    April 28, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Cause he doesn’t deserve it “yet”… his fight against Nog was horrible.. he doesn’t even reserve a shot at Evan’s. IMO he needs to win 2 or 3 fights before he gets a title shot… but it’s all good… Rashad will put him back in line, so he can get his shit together and work his way up like he’s supposed to.

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    April 28, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Hell no… Rampage is the former champ and his record puts Davis record to shame even with the few L’s. Davis is moving up too fast.. i mean seriously who did he beat? Lil Nog is not top 10… he’s probably around 11/12 how the hell do u go from 11/12 to the #1 contender? especially after looking horrible against Lil Nog. Davis was exposed in his last fight he got MAJOR holes in his game. The UFC is feeding him to the dogs right now, cause he’ll get knocked the **** out…. i put money on that !!

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    April 28, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Wing Chun is actually right. I have a friend who was in the military and he says it comes considerably close time to time, but it is more about the weapons. You’ll most likely shoot/bomb someone before you guys ever come into physical body contact.

    The military have their antiques on trying to recruit people. I don’t know which is worse. Being deceitful to get people to join or drafts.

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    April 30, 2011 at 1:37 am

    “You’ll most likely shoot/bomb someone before you guys ever come into physical body contact.”
    I’m not saying it never happens you’ll just most likely will shoot/bomb them first.

    “he says it comes considerably close time to time, but it is more about the weapons.”
    My friend was in army for 4 years. I don’t know what position and I forget what rank he was, but he was on the battlefield and went through the training and everything. He has also killed a couple of people and still has nightmares about it. He said he got tired of the army and there is a lot of bs involved. Strangely enough I worked with another co-worker who was in the military for at least 4 years and said about the same thing (except I believe he was a medic or w/e you call it and a little up there in rank).

    I know you were speaking to wing chun, but I was just letting you know he is pretty much right and this is “how I know this.” Simply from people I know, work, and trust.

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