UFC on FOX 2 Predictions: Keys to Victory for Rashad Evans and Phil Davis

Andrew BarrCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2012

Photo courtesy of MMAmania.com
Photo courtesy of MMAmania.com

Rashad Evans and Phil Davis are set to headline the UFC's second event of FOX, in a fight that is tremendously important for both fighters.

Evans has been chasing a title shot since losing the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship to Lyoto Machida bck in 2009. He's been scheduled to fight for the title on multiple occasions, but injuries have kept him from his second title shot.

With a win tonight, UFC President Dana White has promised Evans a title shot, assuming that he is healthy after the fight.

Evans' opponent Davis has not been given the same guarantee if he is victorious, but this will be Davis first time in the cage with a top five fighter, so a win would certainly put him in the title hunt.

This could end up being a relatively even fight, as both fighters have the tools to defeat each other.


Rashad Evans' keys to victory

Since entering MMA as  pure wrestler, Evans has developed a dangerous striking arsenal, known for his quick hands and surprising power.

Davis is similar to a younger Rashad Evans in the sense that he has not yet developed much of a striking game and relies almost entirely on his wrestling to win fights.

If this fight stays standing, despite having a four-inch reach disadvantage, Evans should have a considerable edge.

Evans needs to use his wrestling in reverse to keep this fight standing and make Davis exchange with him.

If Evans can employ that strategy effectively, he has a good chance of walking away with a knockout victory.


Phil Davis' keys to victory

Davis is not as well-rounded as Evans, but as an accomplished collegiate wrestler, he can win this fight by controlling where it goes.

He needs to enter the cage with one objective: Put Rashad Evans on the mat.

Evans is not known for fighting off his back and if Davis can put him there, he has a good chance of riding out the decision.

Davis needs to learn from the mistakes of Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar and shoot immediately for the takedown.


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