Apr 27, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Phil Davis (red shorts) competes against Vinny Magalhaes (not pictured) during UFC 159 at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 163: Phil Davis will look for eye-blinking tell from Lyoto Machida


UFC light heavyweight challenger Phil Davis has a big test on Saturday night against former champion Lyoto Machida, but there is no shortage of confidence as he enters one of the biggest fights of his career.

While Davis was preparing for the fight, he was watching countless hours of film and he discovered an interesting tell from his research.

“I was watching tape of him for three or four hours straight,” Davis said. “He blinks his left eye twice, and then he comes at you with fury. I went back and watched over-and-over. I have a really nice TV. I zoomed in on it. Yes, he does it, he blinks his left eye twice, and pow. So I’ll be watching his eye all night. The real danger for him is he’s not going to be the first person to look into my eyes and get mesmerized. ”

That is an interesting note on Machida’s very complex style.

In the past, opponents have struggled to figure out Machida, with the only real person to do so being Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, so it will be interesting to see whether Davis is just talking a big game or not.

He has been more talkative than ever in his past fights as he looks for a title shot, but everything will finally be settled in the ring.

With a win, Davis has a strong case for a light heavyweight title shot.

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