UFC light heavyweight Phil Davis is a former NCAA champion wrestler and four-time All-American. Though impressive accomplishments to be sure, UFC 163 opponent Lyoto Machida isnâ€™t fazed by Davisâ€™ success on the mat and for good reason too given his record against wrestlers.
The 19-3 Machida owns past wins over the likes of Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Ryan Bader, Dan Henderson, and Rashad Evans â€“ all of whom were above-average wrestlers to say the least. â€œThe Dragonâ€ spoke about his success against past opponents with a background similar to Davisâ€™ during a recent interview with UFC.com, promising an entertaining effort in tomorrow nightâ€™s tilt.
â€œI have always fought well against wrestlers, so Iâ€™m comfortable.â€
â€œ(Fans) can expect a great fight, a battle. It won’t be an easy fight, but they can expect a great performance on my return to Brazil.â€
â€œI believe that after beating Davis there is no discussion about who is the number one contender.â€
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