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Phil Davis Pegs Rashad Evans To Defeat Jon Jones For UFC Title

Phil Davis has been inside the Octagon with Rashad Evans, so “Mr. Wonderful” is a pretty reliable source when it comes to talking about the ex-UFC light heavyweight champion.

Davis, who lost to Evans earlier this year, was a recent guest on The MMA Hour. He was asked to give his take on the upcoming Evans-Jon Jones bout for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans in April.

They’ve trained together and Rashad knows Jon Jones’ game like a teammate would. That’s something only a teammate would know, so I’m going to go with Rashad. A lot of people don’t give him a fair shake in this fight, but it’s a pretty tough fight for both guys.

As for Davis, the former Penn State University wrestling standout continues to work to get back into contention himself. Davis feels like having battled an experienced fighter like Evans is a positive for him to build on.

I definitely wasn’t happy about it. But right away, I was excited to get better. I got back in the gym right away. I’m glad he poked holes in my game because I can now know where and how to fill those holes. Losing is not the worst thing in the world. The worst thing in the world is not getting better.

Davis will need to show he has improved in his next bout, as it is likely to come against a quality 205-pounder. The UFC’s light heavyweight division is loaded with viable contenders, but nothing has been made known as far as an opponent for Davis.

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