Although two of the nastiest smack talkers in mixed martial arts participated in Friday’s conference call, neither Chael Sonnen nor Michael Bisping provided the verbal warfare the media had anticipated. Thankfully, Rashad Evans (Pictured) and Phil Davis hadn’t spoken since last month’s “Penn State” press conference and picked up right where they had left off.
While UFC president Dana White has guaranteed Evans next dibs at light heavyweight Jon Jones should he reign supreme next Saturday, White has hesitated in granting “Mr. Wonderful” the same privilege. However, Davis professed White will have no choice but to give him the next shot at the throne.
“After I beat Rashad on the 28th, they won’t really have anything else to do with me other than have me fight [for the belt],” Davis matter-of-factly stated. “Rashad is the true #1 contender, and after he loses, who else do I fight but the champion?”
Davis’ confidence in bumping his résumé up to 10-0 didn’t slip by Evans. In fact, “Suga” wasn’t too sweet on the idea of his rival looking past him.
“You ain’t beating me,” Evans countered. “It can’t get here fast enough because I’m going to smash you.
“He ain’t ready. He know he ain’t ready. I can look in his eyes and see he ain’t ready. You’re just a boy.”
Davis quickly fired back.
“I was kind of thinking you really shouldn’t be too concerned about that title shot because … it’s not going to be for a little while,” Davis responded. “You’ve got a little while until you’ve got to worry about that title shot. It’s not going to happen this time around.”
While Evans understands and respects Davis’ unblemished record, he was quick to point out that his opponent has yet experience this kind of pressure or face anyone of his caliber.
“We’re going to see what happens when those lights hit you, when you walk out and that crowd is roaring,” Evans expressed. “We’re going to see. We’re going to see what kind of a man you are. We’re going to see what kind of fighter you are because I know you ain’t a fighter.
“When you get hit in the mouth, things change. When you got hit by [Antonio Rogerio Nogueira], you didn’t know what to do. When I hit you in the mouth, you’re going to feel it.”
“Ooh, that’s scary,” Daivs sarcastically said.
The light heavyweights will exchange pleasantries once again when they headline “UFC on FOX” on January 28th.