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UFC on FOX 2 Results: Why Phil Davis Has a Bright Future at 205

G DAnalyst IIIJanuary 29, 2012

Following a Chael Sonnen victory over Michael Bisping in the co-main event of the evening at the UFC's second appearance on FOX, the world prepared themselves for the main event clash between Rashad Evans (17-1-1) and up-and-coming star, Phil Davis (9-1).

Davis entered the United Center's Octagon having never lost a fight in his mixed martial arts career.

Not only did Davis never fall to the hands of defeat but he was never even taken down in any of his previous nine bouts.

However, both streaks would come to an end as Davis endured his first loss by unanimous decision at the end of five grueling rounds.

"Mr. Wonderful" was also taken to the ground on three occasions as he was squaring off with a fellow and former Big 10 wrestler in Evans.

However, a Davis loss may be the best thing that's happened up until this point in his young career.

At just 27 years of age, Davis has plenty of time to develop into a future Rashad Evans.

In fact, when Evans first joined the UFC years ago, it was his wrestling he relied on.

While Davis certainly must improve on his feet, he has the build, height and reach to have a long and success career inside the Octagon.

If Davis can improve his stand-up striking and hold his own from his feet, he'll be a multidimensional threat which could ultimately shakeup the 205-pound weight class.

Not only can the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania product take away some positives from his loss but he'll get back to the gym having his first five-round fight and main event appearance under his belt.

If Davis can continue to evolve as a force in the light heavyweight division, the sky will be the limit for what he can accomplish.


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