Phil Davis believes a win over Lyoto Machida in August could easily place him amongst the short-list of contenders to the UFC light heavyweight title.
However, if the champion is locked into a match, “Mr. Wonderful” isn’t going to sit and wait for an opening.
Davis and Machida will comprise the co-main event of UFC 163 in August from Brazil.
“Whatever is available at that time,” said Davis, in response to if a win would place him in a title fight next, during a recent interview with Rebellion Media’s Rick Lee. “Another top contender, that’ll work. If (a win) puts me in the top-one or top-two for a title shot, I am going to take that too.”
Davis, a former NCAA wrestling standout at Penn State University, has fought in Brazil before. And, while he knows the fans will be rooting for Machida, he also realizes the importance of competing internationally.
“The UFC is a global sport,” he said. “Fans in Brazil are awesome. (The last time) they didn’t all cheer for me, but they do applaud the winner. I am all about the fans that are UFC fans.”