For Rashad, it means the chance to finally settle the score with his friend-turned-enemy Jon Jones and a shot a his light heavyweight title. Dana White has already promised that Evans will the opportunity if he beats Davis, but as Rashad knows all too well, just because Dana says it doesn’t mean it’s set in stone.
“Jon’s the champion and right now he’s on top of the world so I guess he gets to make those choices,” he said. “I’m trying to get to where he’s at. With that said, I don’t own any spot. I’ve had the privilege to be said I’m the No. 1 contender a couple times, but I’ve still yet to fight for the belt. That said, if the UFC has another contender they want to put in there to make the show go on, then that’s by all means what they have to do. But that does not stop what I’m going to do which is keep on winning. And eventually, no matter what, I will get that title shot.”
For Davis, a win would certainly put him “in the mix,” but with Dan Henderson already on deck, he’d probably have to fight at least once more unless an injury or something were to knock Hendo out of contention. Davis isn’t concerning himself with all that though. He plans to put on such a spectacular performance against Evans on Saturday night that people will be clamoring to see him fight Jon Jones.
“Yeah, absolutely,” he said. “The performance I put on, people will say, ‘Man, I cannot wait to see him do this every weekend on FOX.’ So I don’t worry about what comes next because I’m confident I’ll have a great performance and there will be nothing other than great things ahead for me.”
Davis would probably have to do something really special Saturday night to leapfrog Hendo, but even if he just gets a win, he should find himself in the driver’s seat for a title shot later this year. After all, Jones already destroyed three former champions in Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida. Beyond him, Rashad and Hendo, there really isn’t anyone else in position to challenge for it.
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