It was billed as a clash of promising light-heavyweights. And with an elite wrestler taking on a BJJ black belt, it should have been a ground classic. Instead, Phil Davis used his length, his gas tank, and his submission defense to completely dominate Vinny Magalhaes en route to a unanimous decision.
Both men came out striking to start the fight. Vinny worked a leg kick early, but it was Davis who rocked Vinny with a big headkick. Instead of covering up, Vinny continued to engage, and as such Davis was able to land repeated jabs. Vinny caught a kick and turned it into a takedown before taking Phil’s back. Magalhaes threatened with submissions momentarily, but Davis managed to escape. The round ended with Davis taking it to Vinny with repeated jabs.
Vinny rocked Davis momentarily to start the fight, and both men began to exchange. Davis changed levels beautifully to hit a takedown, but opted not to press the advantage on the ground against the submission ace. Vinny still working a good leg kick, but everything else is Davis. Really working the jab. Davis starts picking Vinny apart with his jab.
The third round was more of the same, with Davis landing almost at will against an increasingly tired, increasingly hopeless, increasingly sad Vinny Magalhaes. At times, Davis hits a 1-2 jab combo with such regularity that it looks like someone is playing as him in “Undisputed” and spamming the buttons.
Terrible fight from Vinny, and a solid victory from Davis.