UFC light heavyweight Lyoto Machida is an intimidating foe. He holds an overall record of 19-3 and owns impressive wins over Ryan Bader, Dan Henderson, Randy Couture, and Rashad Evans. However, rising star Phil Davis doesn’t plan on giving Machida’s game too much thought once the cage door closes on Saturday night at UFC 163 and the two lock horns.
The 11-1 Davis explained his mindset entering the match-up in a recent interview with UFC.com, stating…
“A lot of times guys get nervous and are like, ‘I gotta do something. I gotta do something.’ Lots of people say that and lots of people fail.”
“When you’re fighting a guy like Machida, you have to be completely within yourself. You can’t try to invent some super-cool move that will work. He’s seen it all. He’s fought his style for much more time than I’ve been training to fight him, so you just have to stay within yourself, within your range of what you do, and be extremely good at it.”
“I don’t need to stress over how to beat ‘The Dragon’. You know what? I’m good. I’m not worried about whether I have skills or not. I want to beat him because that’s what I’ve set out to do. When you’re willing to sacrifice everything to win, you will figure out a way to win on the spot. My mind is set on winning and I will not settle for anything less.”
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