A lot of fans were looking forward to Phil Davis’ first UFC fight since his loss to Rashad Evans at UFC on FOX 2, but an unintentional eye poke ended up cutting his return short.
Davis caught the right eye of Wagner Prado just minutes into their UFC on FOX 4 bout, and the damage was bad enough that the fight was forced to be stopped by the ringside doctor.
The fight ended in a no-contest.
What We’ll Remember About This Fight
There’s not much to remember here.
The fight was just starting to pick up a bit when the foul occurred, and obviously it’s not how either fighter was looking for the night to end.
What We Learned About Davis
We didn’t really see enough to learn anything here.
Davis looked like he was in decent shape, I suppose, but the quick stoppage made this bout irrelevant.
What We Learned About Prado
Once again, we didn’t get a chance to see how good Prado really is.
He landed a decent punch a few seconds prior to the stoppage, and he seemed to be the aggressor for the majority of the bout.
If anything, we found out that Prado really wanted to fight tonight, judging by his reaction to the fight being called.
What’s Next for Davis and Prado
Unless the UFC comes calling for Davis to fill in as an injury replacement, a quick rematch is in order.
This was a pretty interesting stylistic matchup, and it gave both fighters a decent opportunity to make some noise in the light heavyweight division.
Davis needs a mid-tier fighter to try and get back on track after his loss to Evans, and Prado could have used a win over Davis as a springboard into title contention.
This fight made a lot of sense, and there’s no reason not to book it again.