Phil "Mr. Wonderful" Davis is the blue-chip MMA prospect that seems to have escaped most people's attention thus far. That could all change this weekend after UFC 112 takes place in Abu Dhabi.
Fighting in a stacked 205-lb division littered with household names, Davis' rise in MMA has so far been masked by bigger stars and another prodigious talent in the division, Jon Jones. With Jones now becoming a household name it is time for Phil Davis to receive the judgement of the often critical MMA fanbase as the division's next prospect.
But fear not for Davis because this guy is for real and has easily as much potential as the hugely hyped Jon Jones.
A former four-time All-American wrestler at Penn State, Davis is so far undefeated in MMA competition, and is at 5-0 in his short career. Winning his first MMA fight here in under a minute, he has not looked back since.
The 2008 NCAA 197-lb National Champion is a physical specimen standing at 6'2" and looked hugely impressive in his UFC debut against Brian Stann at UFC 109.
Winning a unanimous decision, the young Davis dominated an experienced fighter in Stann and showed great natural instinct in the octagon. Combine his size, wrestling, youth, and a reported natural ability for Jiu-jitsu, and the future is bright for Mr. Wonderful.
The learning curve continues for Davis at UFC 112 where he will face Alexander Gustafsson. On paper it appears that the UFC has matched Davis up with a tough second fight as Gustafsson is no joke. He is a good prospect himself standing at 9-0 in a young MMA career.
In this writer's opinion this should be a fight that Davis will win and win comfortably.
He has the opportunity to make a big statement at UFC 112 and I for one think that he will. His dominating wrestling will allow him to control the fight and likely wear down his outmatched opponent en route to a stoppage win.
Come Sunday morning people will know the name Phil Davis and in a few months time everyone should be looking for the next UFC event that will feature the growing talents of Mr. Wonderful, the new hottest prospect in town.
What are your thoughts on Phil Davis?