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Phil Davis Says Elbowing People in the Face Can Really Hurt Your Elbow

(You’re gonna want to put some ice on that, Phil. Props:

We can forgive Phil Davis a moment of hubris. At 7-0, dude hasn’t encountered a ton of adversity so far in his fighting career, so when somebody asks him what surprised him the most about transitioning from amateur wrestling to MMA it’s actually sort of cute that his response is essentially: “Man, beating people up? That shit hurts.”

Davis breaks it down for our man Ben Fowlkes over at MMA Fighting thusly:

"When you’re at home watching the UFC and you see a guy get elbowed in the face, you think, Oooh, that poor guy, he just got elbowed in the face," Davis says. "But I’m here to tell you, that hurts your elbow. You don’t think it would, but it hurts your elbow. When you calm down, stop sweating, get your shower and change, you will think, Man, my elbow really hurts. I’m telling you. It’s surprising."

Coming from someone a bit more objectionable we might point out that the above quote sounds like standard “famous last words” from a fighter too green to know any better. But Davis seems like a nice guy, he’s probably just playing and as one of the light heavyweight division’s fastest rising stars – a guy with All-American wrestling skills and four stoppages in seven fights – we’re gonna give him a pass on this one. Re-appropriating Paul Orndorff’s nickname on the other hand? That’s going to take some time for us to get over.

Anyway, ever the intrepid reporter, after hearing Davis’ complaint about his aching elbow Fowlkes asks him if he ever stops to think about how the other guy must feel. Since he is an MMA Fighter, the answer is no. No, he never considered that.

"No … well, you know … no. I don’t," Davis says. "I’ll have to ask next time."

Classic. Now, for those of you about to jump all over the comments section with your “lay and pray” acusations – despite what we just said about Davis’ near 60 percent finishing ratio – know this: Davis cares about you and wants to treat you right. He tells Fowlkes here he’s been working hard to become more than just a wrestler. He wants to hurt people and stop them, damage to his elbow be damned. That’s why he was so disappointed that his most recent fight against Rodney Wallace at UFC 117 went the distance.

"I don’t want the fans to think I’m another one of those guys who just lays and prays and does nothing,” Davis says. “I’m more than capable of putting on an entertaining fight, and that one just wasn’t all that entertaining … It just wasn’t a great fight, you know. I just felt like it was kind of an off night. I went out there, did what I needed to do, but I couldn’t get a finish. And I felt like that was a guy I should have gotten a finish on. I left kind of feeling like, I guess I won, but I don’t really feel like a winner."

Davis will try to do better this weekend as he takes on Tim Boetsch at UFC 123.

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Pac-Man- November 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm
I really think he's being genuine here. It's not just something people think about- Punching can take it's toll on your hands and elbowing can hurt as well... I think Phil is just revealing how surprised he was to discover that, not being facetious.
RwilsonR- November 17, 2010 at 7:18 pm
I like Davis a lot. I think a great wrestler who spends his time really learning BJJ positioning and submissions could be incredibly dangerous. Although I think it is funny that Jon Jones doesn't have the wrestling pedigree of some of the other prospects, like Davis and Bader, yet he seems to be much more impressive. The way Jones destroys his opponents makes it hard to get too excited about other top prospects that I think he will beat easily. Maybe I'm wrong and Bader, or maybe Davis down the road will give Jon Jones a hell of a fight.
RwilsonR- November 17, 2010 at 7:11 pm
"nig..." = "Antonio McKee" - hey, he's the one who said it! That makes it okay, right?
Emopinata- November 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm
im liking davis more and more after each fight/interview
BONGTAR- November 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm
@ nickyroose True dat
Mr_Misanthropy- November 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm
@ Ya'll crazy ass etymologists

I thoughght explosive = Sandfrican American.

(You know, them dirty A-rabs.)
Mr_Misanthropy- November 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm
I like this Phil Davis. He gots jokes and jokes and he still elbows fools in the grill.
nickyroose- November 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm
Axe Murderer = Escaped Gorilla

@Bongtar when I bang random skanks sometimes they're too drunk to orgasm but ask me to stop because they're sore I know I've won but I don't really Feel like a winner
Morningwood- November 17, 2010 at 1:22 pm
goes missing = Ray Mercer

Did anyone ever figure out what happened to him?
RSparrow- November 17, 2010 at 1:16 pm
Chimp = Jardine
El Famous Burrito- November 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm

You might be right on that one.

Damn, we need a dictionary of MMA euphamisms.
siksik6- November 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I thought it was:

"Fighting spirit" = Mexican

"Lots of heart" = This one's going to the judges.
Sudos KFC- November 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm
man I love Phil Davis...and I would say "no homo" but tbh I am not so sure anymore.
El Famous Burrito- November 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm


I like that one.
LAS- November 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm

"Laid-back (READ:lazy)" - Hawaiian

"Gritty" - unathletic, white, Midwesterner

And I'm sure we could go on if we wanted to extend our discussion of the hermeneutics of MMA euphemisms beyond race.
Smitty- November 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm
Hehe........he said cock.
Morningwood- November 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm

"lay-n-pray" = Jon Fitch
"boring" = Jake Shields
"no conditioning" = BJ Penn
"asshole" = Koz
"Bigger asshole" = Lesnar
"should've been fired 3 fights ago" = Bonner
El Famous Burrito- November 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm
"explosive" = black

"lots of heart" = Mexican

"Chinaman" = Asian American

"Irish" = white

"greasy" = Canadian

Did I forget anything?
Morningwood- November 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm
so does "explosive" replace the term "fast twitch" as most current code word for "racist?" I can't keep up.
RwilsonR- November 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm
@ EFB - at least you didn't say he was 'explosive.' That is apparently the new code word for 'racist' in MMA.
ReX13- November 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm
@Morningwood  Fair enough. 
El Famous Burrito- November 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm
He's black and he elbows people in the face.

Who am I supposed to compare him to? Andy Wang?
Morningwood- November 17, 2010 at 11:56 am

exactly my point.
cecils_pupils- November 17, 2010 at 11:48 am
After every fight, Jon Jones' elbows shed a tear from the pain.
Clyde- November 17, 2010 at 11:46 am
Poor Phil, I once punched a baby in order to steal it's candy and was left with an unpleasant mixture of drool, snot blood and tears on my fist. Life sure is tough.

But seriously, I like Phil Davis. He's got a lot of potential and a good sense of humour by the sounds of it. And he does always look to advance and submit or at least do real damage rather than get in guard and just take little risks in an attempt not to get stood up.