Ever since Jon Jones destroyed Shogun Rua, everyone has been trying to figure out how who could possibly beat him or at least give him a fight. I gave it a shot the other day and was met with mixed reactions, but one name that a lot of fans are throwing out there is up-and-comer Phil Davis.
If you ask Davis about stepping in the cage with Jones though, he’ll tell you that it’s not even something he has considered or will consider until the time is right. Here’s Davis talking about it on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani:
“I don’t really think so much about fighting guys until I’m scheduled to fight them. Right now, I’m thinking about Little Nogueira and after I fight Little Nogueira then I’ll see who I’m scheduled to fight next. That’s really how I take it. I don’t worry about … I just really don’t get into it. There’s no reason to assume you are going to fight someone. You know, it kind of starts that feeling of awkwardness, if you do, when you see that person. I just fight whoever I have to fight. That’s it.”
“It’s good that they are looking at me. I appreciate that. That’s great. I mean, one day I would love to fight for the belt. I just need to get there.”
Phil Davis is without a doubt one of the light heavyweight division’s most promising prospects. My first impression of Davis was that he’s a bigger, stronger, albeit rawer version of Georges St. Pierre with his wrestling game. His striking, not so much, but he has a way of putting guys on their butts and completely overwhelming them on the ground. It’s possible he could find some success with Jones in that respect, but I think his striking needs to develop more before he’s truly ready a title shot with the new champ.
In the meantime though, he has the biggest test of his career this coming Saturday when he faces Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the UFC Fight Night 24 main event. That fight will tell us a lot about Davis’ progression, and whether he’s ready to take the next step up the light heavyweight ladder and get “in the mix.”
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