Exclusive: Phil Davis Discusses Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos & Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche

December 29, 2012 9:31 am by Bryan Levick


UFC 155 and the main event pitting UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos vs. former champion, Cain Velasquez is what everyone in the world of mixed martial arts is concentrated on. Velasquez is another UFC fighter who is represented by Zinkin and like Davis is a decorated collegiate wrestler. Davis explained to us that he is a fan as much as he is a fighter and he’s ready to see these two top heavyweights go at it once again.

“I like both guys so much and I feel like the challenger is the way to go in this one,” offered Davis. “I knew going into the last fight that Cain had really hurt his knee. I respect him so much for going in there and I don’t think he was the one who said he had injured his knee. He was never going to mention it. He has a durable mindset and he’s going to go in there, win, lose or draw, hurt knee or not, like a warrior to compete and to win. That to me shows who he is, he’s that tough and a lot of guys wouldn’t have done that. I’m not saying that it was the right thing to do, but he did it and I respect him for it.”

Another hot button topic these days is the main event of UFC 157. For the first time in UFC history they will promote a women’s MMA bout as UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey defends her title against Liz Carmouche. The ladies have made a huge impact this year and caught the attention of a lot of MMA’s top fighters, including Davis.

“I’m a big fan of women’s MMA, I really am,” Davis admitted. “It’s interesting because a lot of times women end up in positions a lot of guys don’t end up in. It’s a different dynamic, like mens tennis vs. womens tennis, it’s a different speed and they do different things. I’m a huge fan of Rousey, she snaps arms and I love that.”

With the end of 2012 coming upon us in just a few days, it’s time to look back upon some of the greatest moments that took place over the last 12 months. With so many great fights and a lot of fighters making names for themselves, it really is tough to choose because you know that you are bound to leave some things out. Davis found it difficult to remember whether some of these fights took place this year or last!

“Now that you put me on the spot with this, I’m thinking did that take place in 2012 or was that 2011,” joked Davis. “When did Nate Diaz fight Cowboy Cerrone? How about Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua? Ok, let’s do this, any time Anderson Silva steps into the cage that’s one of my favorite fights. Anderson vs. Chael number two was definitely this year, don’t try and cheat me because that was 2012. I enjoyed the flyweight championship fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson, that was probably the fastest paced fight ever and it was pretty awesome to watch.

Those guys were literally flying around the cage and there’s a picture of both of them punching and neither of them had their feet on the ground! I was like what’s going on here, are they using their super powers? I was expecting a lot when Jose Aldo fought Chad Mendes and it may not have been one of my favorite fights of the year, but it was still a pretty good fight. Then of course you have Ben Henderson just a couple of weeks ago, he looked fresh, he looked awesome.”

For Davis the year began with a main event fight against former champion Rashad Evans on the UFC on Fox 2 card in February. He may have lost, but he was exposed to a whole new audience of MMA fans in the process. They say every great fighter has to experience losing to become better and Davis is no different.

“In the last year I feel like I’ve improved all over,” Davis said. “There’s no one place that I can say that it’s the only place I improved. I improved everywhere, absolutely everywhere. If I had to choose one, I would say I have made some nice gains in my standup.”

Looking forward to 2013 Davis explained some of his short and long term goals he has in mind for the new year.

“I just want to wrap up as many wins as I possibly can,” said the four-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler. “I want to be in the title hunt and it’s weird because it could be a win or it could be three wins.”

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