Vinny Magalhaes (John Weible/Sherdog)
Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes could provide some very interesting scrambles if/when this fight goes to the ground.
Davis is a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion and a four-time All-American. Davis has also displayed a surprising amount of acumen when it comes to submissions including his famous "Mr. Wonderful" against Tim Boetsch.
However, Magalhaes' grappling credentials are on another planet compared to Davis. Magalhaes is a former world jiu-jitsu champion and an ADCC champion and also holds two bronze medals from the 2009 ADCC.
The names Magalhaes has grappled against and defeated are impressive to say the least. Guys like Rodrigo Cavaca, Marcio Cruz, Glover Teixeira, Dean Lister, Chris Weidman and Braulio Estima are just some of the men Magalhaes has beaten. He even owns a victory over UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum.
Davis is an accomplished grappler, but I'd expect to see a lot of position control if he takes Magalhaes down. He had a tough time with the guard of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and "Lil' Nog" is nowhere near as aggressive with his submissions as Magalhaes.
The submission game is Magalhaes' equivalent to a one-punch KO given his BJJ credentials. Davis may talk of wanting to beat the Brazilian via submission, but I don't expect Davis to push this fight to the ground. The question will be, can Magalhaes force the issue against the former wrestling champion?