Although Phil Davis owns a perfect 9-0 resume, he clearly isn’t UFC light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones (or is he?). While Rashad Evans understands his new opponent will present more than enough challenges, “Suga” is still sweet on fighting his former friend once Jones’ right hand heals.
“I’m looking forward to fighting Phil Davis August 6th at UFC 133, he’s a strong wrestler and a rising star in the light heavyweight division,” said Evans. “I wish Jon Jones a speedy recovery, he has something that belongs to me and when he’s ready, I’ll be waiting.”
Evans owns an impressive 15-1-1 professional record and earned a shot at the title after posting a unanimous decision win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114 in May 2009. When then-champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua went down with a knee injury, UFC president Dana White claimed Evans turned down multiple fights because he didn’t want to “harm his brand.”
Ironically, while waiting for Shogun to mend, Evans was stung by the injury bug and was forced out of his long awaited return. Jones immediately stepped in and the rest is history – as in “Bones” became the youngest UFC champ in company history following his UFC 128 destruction of Shogun.
Although Davis has less than three years of professional mixed martial arts experience under his belt, “Mr. Wonderful” managed to post a lopsided unanimous decision win over MMA icon Antonio Rogerio Nogueira last month at UFC Fight Night 24.
UFC 133 takes place August 6th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A venue has yet to be selected for the show.