UFC 159 will feature a light heavyweight showdown between wrestling powerhouse Phil Davis and grappling wizard Vinny Magalhaes.
The match was booked at the behest of Magalhaes, who initiated a Twitter war with Davis shortly after his victory over Wagner Prado. For his part, Davis willfully indulged the Brazilian, and now says that Magalhaes talked himself into a corner.
"I respect Vinny a lot...," Davis explained in a pre-fight interview posted by the UFC. "I take him very seriously, but he is going to regret asking to fight me. Some lessons have to be learned the hard way. You wanted this fight, you got it."
Davis, known for his excellent wrestling and grappling skills, owns a 6-1 UFC record and is currently ranked as the No. 8 light heavyweight by the UFC. His opponent, Magalhaes, is just 1-2 in the UFC, but is currently riding a six-fight win streak.
The credentials paint the pairing as a mismatch, but Magalhaes' world-class jiu-jitsu game is something that no fighter can disregard.
"I would say he's pretty slick, he's very inventive in his style," Davis conceded.
Mr. Wonderful went on to claim that he is entirely unperturbed by his opponent's greatest strength:
Vinny's jiu-jitsu doesn't concern me at all because he's bound by the laws of jiu-jitsu. I love jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu is cool, it's fun. But some of the rules of jiu-jitsu, I break. I do the exact wrong thing and it works for me, because I follow the rules of wrestling, and wrestling is a little bit stronger of an art form.
It seems Davis will enter the fight with an abundance of confidence. However, even though he plans on handing Magalhaes a loss, he at least has some advice for his opponent to help him cope with his impending defeat.
"What I would tell him, is that they make these new tissues that moisturize your cheeks as you wipe away your tears," Davis says. "Something to keep in mind."