In Davis’ opinion, it was a mistake for the former M-1 champ to call him out. Regardless of how easy a match-up Magalhaes thinks it might be, Davis said he’ll show Vinny how it’s done in the Octagon come fight night. “Like anything, you just can’t tell people everything. They gotta see for themselves,” Davis said.
A four-time All-American wrestler out of Pennsylvania State University and a NCAA division I wrestling champion, Davis is known for implementing his skills on the ground. Leading up to this fight, Davis has stated in other interviews that he had to Google Magalhaes to find out who he was. Additionally, Davis has said that wrestling is better than jiu-jitsu inside the cage.
“Wrestling’s one of those things that it’s just a more powerful art form. It’s just better. I tell people if you’re going to learn something, learn jiu-jitsu because it’s fun. You’ll have fun doing it. I like it. But if you want to learn how to fight, learn wrestling,” Davis explained.
Since his UFC debut in 2010, Davis has earned six wins, three of them have been by way of submission. The most notable one was a modified kimura submission over Tim Boetsch at UFC 123 that not only earned Submission of the Night honors, but the finishing move also became dubbed the “Mr. Wonderful”. Despite Magalhaes’ distinguished grappling credentials, Davis said don’t be shocked if he winds up submitting Vinny.
“There’s no reason to assume I would not tap out Vinny. What, he doesn’t have a throat? He doesn’t have arms? Of course. I know how to do all of that,” Davis said. “It’s what I do. I enjoy the jiu-jitsu game. I think it’s a lot fun. I think it’s really, really useful. But I don’t think it’s the end all be all.”
Whether the fight ends up on the ground, or if the two go at it on the feet trading leather, Phil is confident that he can handle Magalhaes in all aspects.
“If you want to can stand up with me, stand up with me. Everyone except for Rashad, who stood up with me, check the Fightmetric, they didn’t win,” said Davis. “But I get that. If he really thinks he wants to stand up with me, that’s cool. Be my guest.”
UFC 159’s light heavyweight collision between Phil Davis (ranked #8) and Vinny Magalhaes will be a part of the pay-per-view main event on April 27. A light heavyweight title fight is on tap for the main event at the Prudential Center in New Jersey between reigning champ Jon Jones and challenger, Chael Sonnen.