Has Phil Davis made the mistake of looking past his opponent Anthony Johnson?

Phil Davis
Phil Davis

Aside from the main event this weekend, there is another fight on the card that everyone will be looking forward to and that’s the light heavyweight showdown between Phil Davis and Anthony Johnson. With an impressive victory the winner could be looking at a title shot against either Glover Teixeira or current UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.

“Mr Wonderful’s” stock recently increased in value after a big decision victory over Brazilian fighter Lyoto Machida at UFC 163. The key to this victory was Davis’ takedowns. Many people scored the fight in favour of Machida but the judges clearly didn’t agree on the night and gave it to Phil.

Regardless of the controversial win over Machida, Davis still has a record that speak volumes with victories over notable fighters such as Brian Stann, Tim Boetsch, Alexander Gustafsson and Antônio Rogério Nogueira. He’s currently ranked at no. 4 in the light heavyweight division, so a standout performance against Johnson could put him into championship contention.

Someone who may have something to say about all of this is former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans who is currently ranked at no. 3 in the division. In a recent interview on UFC Tonight, Phil Davis said the following:

“I still have to pay Rashad a visit. He’s hurt, and I love the guy. When you’re recovered, you might be next.”

These two men have some unfinished business and it sounds like Davis would relish the opportunity to avenge his loss against Evans at UFC on FOX 2 back in January 2012. It’s not just Evans that Phil has verbally shown interest in fighting, he has made it clear that he can’t wait to face current titleholder Jon Jones.

But wait a minute, we have spoken about Rashad Evans and Jon Jones, what about the man who Davis will be facing on Saturday night? The man also known as “rumble” who will make his return to the UFC riding an impressive six-fight winning streak. Surely “Mr Wonderful” has not made the mistake of looking past the dangerous opponent that stands right before him? I definitely hope not.

After struggling to make weight for most of his career, Anthony Johnson recently found a new home at 205 lbs and it seems to have paid off. He looks powerful and strong in the light heavyweight division and has proven his worth by defeating D.J. Linderman, Andrei Arlovski and Mike Kyle whilst competing for the World Series of Fighting. I’m excited to see him back in the Octagon and interested to see how he performs against Davis.

Is Davis taking Johnson seriously? Will “Rumble” make a successful UFC return? These are questions that can only be answered on Saturday night, so make sure you tune-in.

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