UFC light-heavyweight Phil Davis has a big fight in Baltimore this weekend when he takes on Anthony Johnson at UFC 172.
The April 26th bout sets the number four ranked Davis against the number fourteen ranked Johnson, and in a match that could well establish the winner of the fight as the next title challenger in line behind division frontrunner Alexander Gustafsson.
However, by listening to Davis’s comments today on a pre-event conference call, fans might be left with the impression that “Mr. Wonderful” is looking past his “Charm City” opponent to the 205 pound champion, Jon Jones.
In what were light-hearted remarks, but nonetheless ones intended to raise his title contention profile, Davis stated that that the route to a title shot was not earned by simply doing your “talking” in the Octagon, but rather the “exact opposite.” That aside from his Octagon victories, a fighter must work diligently outside of the ring to earn a title opportunity. Specifically, Davis stated that a fighter must declare that he wants to “break apart” the champion.
“I’m saying precisely the opposite. I’m saying enough with the talk inside the Octagon. You gotta win. You gotta look good winning. And then you gotta tell everyone that you’re going to break apart Jon Jones…I (promise I’m) going to break him apart like a sugar cookie.”
All in all, the exchange between the pair is both humorous and friendly, while serious at the same time – at least on Davis’s behalf.
“Mr. Wonderful” has been criticized by UFC President Dana White as being happy with his role as a contender and not really reaching for the title. In light of that, it appears that Davis is stepping up to the plate and making his title aspirations known. However, and of course, he must first get past (the tough) Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.
For the rest of the exchange, here’s Phil Davis taking the opportunity to “rip” on Jon Jones.
Audio courtesy of MMAWeekly.com