It appears the UFC has started patching together their second show on FOX after the organization’s extremely successful debut on the network earlier this month. Though an official announcement has yet to come, a bout between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis has surfaced as the frontrunner for headlining duties at the January 28 event.
Davis and Evans were scheduled to square off at UFC 133 before “Mr. Wonderful” injured his knee, an outcome ultimately forcing Tito Ortiz into his slot who Evans went on to dispose of in prompt fashion.
News of the match-up was first reported by ESPN with multiple sources attached to the piece.
Evans should be in line for a title-shot with a win, having won his last three fights including those against Thiago Silva and Quinton Jackson. The 16-1-1 Ultimate Fighter winner has been within arm’s reach of the light heavyweight championship on multiple occasions over the past year seeing them slip through his fingers due to a variety of health-related reasons.
Considered to be one of the brightest prospects in MMA, Davis saw his ascension through the ranks stymied by rough 2010 in which he only fought a single time, albeit an impressive showing against well-rounded veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The win was the ninth of Davis’ career and maintained her perfect record with other past victories against Tim Boetsch, Alexander Gustafsson, and Brian Stann.
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