Phil Davis believes he made a statement Saturday night at UFC 159, defeating Vinny Magalhaes and cementing his status as a Top-10 light heavyweight.
“I really wanted to go out there and make a statement to the fans that I’m in the Top-10 and I’m not going anywhere,” Davis said.
Since a loss – his lone one of his professional career – to Rashad Evans, Davis has shown an improved striking game. That was on display vs. Magalhaes, has he avoided the ground game from the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist.
“I’m not going to shoot for takedowns that I can miss,” Davis said. “I’d rather be precise with my techniques. I was playing it smart in there because Vinny is dangerous on the ground. My striking is coming along, but it’s not quite there yet.”
The former Penn State University wrestling standout and ex-NCAA champion added that “I’m brand new in this sport and I’m still young.”
Those are scary thoughts, as “Mr. Wonderful” continues to impress.