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UFC NEWS – Evans Not Concerned With The Wrestling Of Davis, Out To Prove He Is The Best At 205


“I’m approaching this fight as Phil Davis is trying to make a big name for himself off of me because a lot of people don’t know who Phil Davis is. I know he’s coming with that mindset as spoiler, so I’m just going to go in there and show the world why I should be fighting for the title and why I’m the #1 contender and why I am the best light heavyweight in the division. I’ll bet anything, dog, I’ll bet anything he’ll definitely be the first to shoot in on me. I just think that’s where he wants to take the fight. I think that’s where he thinks his game works best at. I don’t think he’s going to try and bang with me. I definitely believe he’s going to try and take me down … I know where to move and where to circle and things I should do when I’m fighting somebody who is looking for the takedown or has the ability to take me down. I don’t stand around too much and do things that a wrestler is looking for me to do. I think that Phil has a great pedigree in wrestling, but this is MMA, and MMA and wrestling are not the same. There are differences when it comes to going for a takedown and transitioning into punches and takedowns; there is a big difference there and if you don’t transition well into that, it doesn’t matter if you are a 3-time world champion, if you don’t have all aspects of the game, you won’t be taking anybody down.”

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans talks to fighthype.com about his upcoming main event matchup with Phil Davis at UFC on FOX 2.

Davis has come out and expressed a huge desire to get this fight to the ground. Stating that he came into this sport as a wrestler and will never abandon what got him to the big show, he also believe that Rashad’s wrestling is nothing to write home about.

Evans on the other hand, has been there done that and with only one professional loss to his credit, he is not planning on letting the up-and-coming Davis steal his thunder and deserved shot at the title.

If this fight does come down to wrestling who wins it? Will Davis be able to use his offensive style to control Evans or will Rashad’s defensive wrestling take Davis out of his comfort zone?

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12 Comments to UFC NEWS – Evans Not Concerned With The Wrestling Of Davis, Out To Prove He Is The Best At 205

  1. ThaGreenBandit says:

    If this fight stays on the feet, I got Evans winning by TKO. Davis just doesn’t seem to be as comfortable with his striking as Rashad is.

  2. Black Flag says:

    i can see mr wonderfull making ‘shard’s ass tap out.

  3. danriverapv says:

    yeah i got Hashad in this one, if phil had trouble taking lil Nog down, (untill he did double to single leg transition) i see Hashad Knocking him out before Phil finds the right style of takedown/clinch that works against Hashad.

  4. I got Rashad says:

    as well. Rashad is more well-rounded than Davis and will be able to handle Davis either standing or on the ground. But, either fighter is capable of beating the other on any given night. Should be good.

  5. Jujitsu Player says:

    Number 1 contender maybe….number one at 205lb……come on Rashad do you even truly believe that….Hope Davis takes this.

  6. Black Flag says:

    actually even saying what i did, i want shard to win this one, we all need to see, we all deserve to see Jones V Evans.

    That needs to happen.

    PERIOD!

  7. Axel39 says:

    Rashad will take this comfortably, he’s better everywhere.

  8. Mike McMack says:

    Rashad is truly the #1 contender, nobody at 205 is better than he is at the moment except for Jonny Bones. The argument could be made for Machida being better than Rashad but Rashad is a much improved fighter than he was when he got KO’d. I think Rashad has the best chance at beating Jones because of how fast he is and when I watch the tape of Machida’s fight against Jones it only confirms to me that Rashad will present similar problems in the standup department to Jones because of his speed.

    As for Evans vs Davis…I think Davis is too slow to get Shad in any kind of trouble since Rashad has extremly quick reflexes and will be able to defend takedowns from a sloth like Davis. Davis could muster a decision win if he is sucessful in his takedown attempts but I don’t think he will be. Jones is big like Davis is but Jones is very fast and athletic so if/when he a Rashad fight Jones will have success in the takedown department. I just want to see Jones vs Evans already.

    • Marcos says:

      True. I really think Rashad is going to be the hardest matchup for jones. Jones will win, dont get me wrong, but Rashad will expose him. Mark my words.

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