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UFC 172: Phil Davis Calls Into Question Top Contenders

UFC 172: Phil Davis Calls Into Question Top Contenders

Phil Davis is tired of just sitting by and watching other fights cash in on UFC title shots.

Davis, who will face Anthony Johnson in April at UFC 172, knows that he is expected to defeat “Rumble” based on his high rankings.

What he doesn’t know, though, is how best to work himself into the light heavyweight title picture.

“(Johnson) is not the guy I wanted, but pretty much everyone else was booked,” said Davis, in an interview with MMAFighting.com. “I’ll take it at this point. It can be any combination of things that get you a title shot.

“Apparently fighting Roy Nelson and then fighting Pat Cummins gets you a title shot. Maybe beating no one in the Top-10 like Glover (Teixeira) did gets you a title shot. There’s no rhyme or reason to getting a title shot.”

Davis (12-1) was making his remarks on both Daniel Cormier and Teixeira. Jon Jones will defend his title against Teixeira on the same April card, while Cormier just made his debut in the division.

“Beating the No. 1 contender does not get you a title shot,” Davis continued. “At this point, I don’t really care. I think I’m the best in the world so I’ll just keep fighting whoever they put in the cage.”

In his most recent fight, Davis bested former champion Lyoto Machida by decision in Brazil. Machida is now set to compete for the UFC middleweight title later this year.

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