Vinny Magalhaes knows that Phil Davis is a well-decorated wrestler and former NCAA champion.
That doesn’t mean the Brazilian is at all concerned if Davis takes him down when they two collide later this month at UFC 159.
Magalhaes, of course, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard with multiple victories via submission to his credit. He is 10-5 overall and unbeaten since returning to the UFC.
“Level is not about numbers; level is about skills. And as far as skill goes, I think I have way more skills than him and I think it becomes a mismatch once we’re fighting each other,” said Magalhaes in an interview with the UFC. “Wrestling, I will give that to Phil Davis, but who cares? He takes me down, that’s my world. He thinks he can (grapple) because he’s been fighting a bunch of cans who cannot. And he cannot strike. Every time people throw a punch he just falls, tries to shoot. He becomes like a NCAA wrestler.”
The two have been embroiled in several verbal exchanges on social media sites, so it could be an intense staredown once they finally reach April 27 and Newark.