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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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