Phil Davis Draws Undefeated Wagner Prado as Replacement at UFC on Fox 4

Matthew RothFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30:  Mixed martial artist Phil Davis arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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When it rains, it pours.

In a day filled with news and fight announcements, Phil Davis has received a new opponent for UFC on Fox 4. Davis was originally scheduled to face Chad Griggs on the main card, but injury has forced Griggs out of the bout without explanation.  

MMAWeekly was the first to break the news that Phil Davis was booked against a new opponent. The mystery fighter is an undefeated prospect named Wagner Prado. Prado is a member of Team Nogueira and holds a professional record of 8-0.

In Davis, he will face a young fighter who happens to be one of the best the light heavyweight division has to offer. Phil Davis will be making his return to the Octagon following the first defeat of his career at the hands of Rashad Evans at UFC on Fox 2 in Chicago. It was the kind of defeat that could cause a young fighter to question his skills.

Hopefully in Davis' case, it will fuel his drive to improve as a fighter.

"I just needed more time in the gym," Davis said in an interview with MMA Fight Corner. "[Rashad's] polished, you know, in all the ways I'm not. I just need to stay in the gym and work on my overall game." 

UFC on Fox 4 takes place August 4 in Los Angeles.