In order to accomplish goals you have to be willing to call shots and make things happen. Rarely will anyone just give you what you want, sometimes you have to step up and grab the bull by the horns. That is exactly what UFC light heavyweight Vinny Magalhaes did when he called out top ranked contender Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis and got his wish granted for a fight with the former Penn State Nittany Lion at UFC 159 in New Jersey.
A finalist on TUF season 8, Magalhaes recently returned to the UFC with a submission win over Igor Pokrajac at UFC 152 after being released from the organization in 2009 following consecutive losses. Magalhaes is currently riding a six fight win-streak but Davis believes that the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace is not worthy of fighting him. Words have been exchanged between the two and things are certainly heating up.
We recently spoke with Magalhaes on BJPenn.com Radio about the matchup. We also got his thoughts on the main event of that card between light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones and close friend and training partner Chael Sonnen.
Thoughts on UFC 159 fight with Phil Davis
“I’m not going to take anything away from Phil [because] he has six wins in the UFC and fought some top contenders but there is a reason why I asked for this fight. Nobody asks for a fight if they think they’re going to lose and I know that I can absolutely beat Phil Davis,” Magalhaes told BJPenn.com Radio.
“I’ve been a competitor since I was a little kid and I strongly believe that there’s no point in doing anything unless you’re thinking about winning a championship. There’s a ton of guys in the UFC that are just there to collect a pay check and I’m not one of those guys. My goal is to one day fight for the title and of course win it and I think [beating Davis] will be a big step forward in achieving that goal. I’m definitely not looking at this as an easy fight but he’s someone in my division that will help position me closer to a title shot.
Davis has six wins in the UFC but two wins were against guys that dropped to middleweight and just became top contenders when they dropped down to 185 lbs. As a light heavyweight, Brian Stann who is a guy I respect a lot was not a top contender in this division and neither was Tim Boetsch. Also, what he did to those guys was like the perfect style for him because neither of those guys are great on the ground so all he had to do was take them down and grind them out a little bit.
Styles make fights and he’s top 10 based on his six wins in the UFC but style wise he just had perfect fights and I don’t think I’m a perfect fight for him. I think if anything he’s a perfect fight for me because he’s going to take me where I want to be.
Even if he keeps it standing, I don’t care because that’s like a lottery game and I feel I’d be a little bit luckier than him in that department. I’ve dropped a few guys with kicks and with punches before and I’ve never seen him drop anyone with his hands or even hurt anyone with his striking for that matter. That’s why I don’t understand why he feels that I don’t deserve to be in the Octagon with him because stylistically and skill wise I feel like I’m much better than him even without the UFC wins that he has.”
Thoughts on Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen
“People are used to seeing Chael talking and losing in title fights to Anderson Silva but I don’t think people realize that Anderson is a totally different animal than Jon Jones. I think Anderson is a much better fighter than Jon Jones and Jon hasn’t been tested off his back and that’s exactly where Chael is going to be able to put him.
I think Chael takes a decision in that fight, it’s a tough fight but I don’t see it as a mismatch like most people think it is. People just don’t get it and are like ‘oh well you know Chael hasn’t won a fight at light heavyweight in years and even when he fought at light heavyweight he lost’ and all this stuff but styles make matches.
Even though Anderson beat him both times, Chael’s style was perfect for him to beat Anderson and I think he’s also got the perfect style to beat Jones. He’s not going to be looking to trade punches, Chael is going to be looking to fight on the inside which could present some problems for Jones and I think Chael is more than capable of taking him down.
I don’t think Jones has the capability of submitting Chael off his back, not that he’s not good there but he’s not as good as Anderson is to be able to do that and it took Anderson five rounds to do it. Even when Anderson submitted him, from my point of view it was more of a mistake of Chael’s than Anderson being great on the ground. I won’t get as far to say that Chael finishes Jon but I definitely think he wins a decision.”
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