A former Penn State wrestler, Phil Davis is currently riding a two-fight win streak and looking to get back in the mix at light-heavyweight with his bout against Lyoto Machida at UFC 163 in Brazil. Davis began his mixed martial arts career in October of 2008 at No Boundary in Plymouth, M.A. There he bested Brett Chism to win a unanimous decision victory in a two round bout. He fought again three months later against Josh Green winning by first round TKO. He won his third fight against Terry Cohens the same way, first round TKO. Phil closed out his first year of fighting with a submission win over David Bagget at UCFC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The 4-0 “Mr. Wonderful” made his UFC debut against Brian Stann at UFC 109. He took home the unanimous decision win after three rounds of fighting. In his sixth fight he became the only man to beat current LHW contender Alexander Gustafsson. He finished Gustaffson late in the first round by way of anaconda choke. He went on to win a unanimous decision against Rodney Wallace at UFC 117 in his 7th bout.
In his 8th fight, Davis took home both Submission of the Night and Submission of the Year honors with a modified kimura win over Tim Boetsch. Losses to Davis sent both Stann and Boetsch packing to the middleweight division. The unbeaten Davis faced Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in March of 2011. He won by unanimous decision. For his 10th fight, Davis found himself in a title eliminator against Rashad Evans. It was Davis’ first loss. After 25 minutes of battle in the Octagon, the judges awarded the unanimous decision to Evans.
Davis rebounded from the loss with a pair of fights against Brazilian, Wagner Prado. Their first bout was declared a “no contest” after Prado suffered an eye poke in the first round and could not continue. They met again two months later at UFC 153 where Davis defeated Prado by way of anaconda choke. Back in the win column, Davis started a streak by defeating bjj practitioner Vinny Magalhaes at UFC 159 in New Jersey.
His next fight will be against former light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A win over Machida would definitely put Davis squarely in the mix for a title shot.