UFC on FOX 2 Fight Card: How High Is Phil Davis's Upside?

Mike HodgesCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2012

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At UFC on FOX 2, no other fighter has a bigger opportunity to shine than Phil Davis.

The 205-pound prospect not only has the chance to defeat one of the sport's elite fighters in Rashad Evans, but he has the chance to do it in front of a large audience when the event makes its official debut on FOX Sports.

The winner of the bout is expected to be next in line to challenge Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title but that doesn't seem to be the case regarding Davis and his status in the division. 

Although the 27-year-old has embarked on an impressive run so far in the UFC, boasting a 9-0 record in the Octagon, his skills are still progressing and he is still improving at a gradual rate, which leaves some critics skeptical of his ability against top competition.

While he has the potential to hold onto the light heavyweight crown in the future, it would seem that the UFC isn't in any hurry to fast-track him to a title shot anytime soon.

So if Davis is to walk away with a decisive victory over Evans, it might enter him into the top five of the division, but it won't thwart the UFC's plans of hosting a title bout, as Dan Henderson is likely to receive the next shot.

Davis's victory over Evans will be a moral one, however, and while it might not be the one that leads him to an immediate title shot, it is a step in the right direction.