Forrest Griffin doesn't want to lose to a man who wears pink shorts into the Octagon.
Sure, Phil Davis has a lot of other attributes that the former UFC lightweight champion should arguably be more worried about, but the original The Ultimate Fighter winner has jokingly stated that's why a loss to "Mr. Wonderful" would be rather embarrassing.
During a pre-fight interview with the UFC, Griffin poked fun at Davis and his unique attire choice:
Y'know, the thing about Phil Davis is [that] I really don't want to get beat up by a guy in pink tights..."Mr. Wonderful" is a very unique nickname. I don't know the origin story behind it. Maybe there's a comic book that explains why he's really powerful. I don't know, I don't want to judge him.
Maybe there's nuclear materials that turned his shorts pink. I don't know that. He's probably got superpowers.
However, the story behind Davis' nickname is actually far simpler. In a 2011 interview with the UFC, Davis revealed that his moniker actually came from his pet cat.
According to Davis, his cat was stolen from him in 2007 during his college wrestling days at Penn State. Sadly, "Mr. Wonderful" never reappeared and has been missing ever since.
Griffin also took a moment to analyze Davis' elite ground game, citing the anaconda choke as one of the young star's greatest weapons. Aside from a "great shot" and "great wrestling," Griffin noted that Davis has a knack for grinding an opponent into the ground until his form slips, presenting Davis the opportunity to lock in the submission.
Griffin and Davis will face off on the UFC's last 2012 card this year at UFC 155, which is headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez. Davis comes into the match off an impressive submission win (by anaconda choke) over Brazilian prospect Wagner Prado.
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