UFC light-heavyweight contender Phil Davis is set to face off against Lyoto Machida early next month at UFC 163 in Machida’s home country of Brazil. While entering the hostile territory could be a tough challenge for Davis, he is as confident as ever that he can go in to Brazil and earn the victory.
During a recent interview with the UFC (transcribed by Five Ounces of Pain), Davis stated his desire to head in to the octagon and walk away with the submission victory.
“What makes Lyoto Machida so unique is that he’s quite effective at catching people rushing in. Anyone who comes straight at him he usually punishes. I’m gonna stick to my bread and butter,” Davis said. “My plan is go to Rio and get another submission win and be able to build my legacy that way.
“Machida was next in line for the title-shot and winning against him will put me up there in the contendership race.”
However, that may be easier said than done.
Machida has been submitted just once in his professional career and he has a very underrated ground game. The Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt could be overwhelmed by Davis’ wrestling, but it is hard to see a scenario where Davis pulls off the submission win.
Then again, this is the octagon, and crazier things have happened.