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Rumor: Phil Davis to fight Lyoto Machida

Can crushing: You’re both doing it wrong.

With Jon Jones fighting Quinton Jackson at UFC 135, and the winner of that fight more than likely fighting Rashad Evans, the light-heavyweight title is not without challengers. Based on a report being passed along by, the winner of Jones/Jackson vs. Evans may already have a challenger in line as well. Rumor has it that Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis is in the works for a future card.

As you may remember, when Phil Davis was forced to withdraw from his fight with Rashad Evans at UFC 133 due to a knee injury, Lyoto Machida was originally set to replace him. However, Machida felt he was worth that “Anderson Silva money” and declined the bout. So having the two potential Rashad Evans opponents fight each other for the right to potentially fight Rashad Evans sort of makes sense, I guess.

Excluding Rashad’s decision to stand and trade with Machida and an aging Randy Couture, is Machida capable of stopping a wrestler like Davis? For that matter, is Davis ready for a striker like Machida? According to Lyoto’s management, yes to the latter. As translated by MMAMania, “He’d be a huge opponent for Lyoto, who’s one of the biggest idols of the sport in Brazil and needs to fight again soon.”

As for the former question, Lyoto handles that one: “It’d be a clash of styles. Davis is a wrestler, who keeps a strong rhythm on all the rounds until the end. I would need to adjust some aspects in my training to fight him, but this technical change always was one of my best characteristics. I won’t have any problems.”

Famous last words, or is Lyoto’s striking going to be too much for Phil Davis? Better question, will this fight actually get made? Your call, Potato Nation.

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XENOPHON- August 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm
Yep, Davis is one hot prospect for any organization. He can still afford to absorb a losses as he adds to his repertoire.
JaredB- August 16, 2011 at 11:14 am
I think the fight would look a lot like three rounds of the first round of Davis vs. Nogueira but with Davis's opponent moving faster and tagging him more.

As far as a fight with Rashad? Well, Rashad looked the best he ever has in his career against Tito...but Davis is a better wrestler and stronger. I think it would come down to whether Rashad could stuff his takedowns and since Lil Nog could stuff many I think he could. My original pick for that fight was going to be Rashad's ring rust and size disadvantage killing him, after seeing the way Rashad fought Tito I think he'd have won a decision or a late TKO against Davis - however, who knows what improvements Davis has made in the last half year. I didn't see a guy who was soon to be champion against Nog, more like a prospect.
XENOPHON- August 15, 2011 at 10:11 am
Lyoto does seem to have an knack for averting the take down and by default the ground game. Although when on his back, he is evasive.
After seeing the improved Rashad open a can of whip ass on Tito, I immediately wondered how Phil Davis would have compared. Ultimately Davis's striking lags behind that of both Rashad and Tito.
It's a good thing Davis missed the Rashad encounter so early in his career. I'd thought he bought himself a hall pass with the injury.
Against Machida, Davis will not be able to keep pace with the stand up game for the KO, and this lack of striking will impact his favor if it goes to a decision.
Machida VS Davis
6 wins KO 2 wins KO
1 loss KO
2 wins SUB 3 wins SUB
9 wins DECN 4 wins DECN
1 loss DECN

Davis's best strategy is two fold. He must trade shots, even if his power and accuracy suck, he has to look busy with his fists. Problem is wrestlers inherently seem to lack this skill when as inexperienced as Davis still is.
Second, Davis has less than twice the knowledge on how to sway the judges during a decision, he must command the top ground game agiants Machida, something no one (not even BJ Penn) has been able to do.
The one less known fact about Davis is this. Of all his submission wins (33%) over the bigger names he stood against, its the only time these opponents (Boetsch, Gustafsson) have ever had a loss by a submission.
I stick by my earlier, Machida over Davis.
JaredB- August 15, 2011 at 6:12 am
Fight tailor made for Machida's style. His defensive wrestling is amazing and he'll stuff all of Davis's takedowns and pick him apart on the feet en route to a 30-27. I like Davis but he's too slow for Lyoto.
XENOPHON- August 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm
Machida over Davis, I'll put "Anderson Silva money" on it.
DirtehSneakehs- August 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm
Thats fine because the only thing i was trying to crack was your wife's/slightly underage daughter's/hot sister's legs and do a Steven Segal front face kick to their vagina with my penis
Gorgzilla- August 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm
You're two and a half years too late to crack anybody up with Lyoto urine jokes.
DirtehSneakehs- August 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm
I wonder if I got to meet Lyoto could I get him to sign a bottle of my piss and than take a sip out....

I see Lyoto winning by crane kick to the balls.

and get rid of the fucking CAPTCHA, its the only thing worse than some of the dumbass articles on this site.