At UFC 128, Jon Jones gained The UFC Light Heavyweight Championship via an impressive victory over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Now many fans are left to wonder, who has the tools to take out the new champion?
Does "Mr. Wonderful?"
Phil Davis could very well be on the precipice of the most important fight of his young career. At the upcoming UFC Fight Night 24, Davis (stepping in for Tito Ortiz) will take on "Little Nog" Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
No speculation will be necessary because, in just a few days, "Mr. Wonderful" Phil Davis has a chance to prove to the entire world just how "wonderful" he actually is. This upcoming test is his opportunity to showcase his skill and display his potential.
Does he have the talent to challenge elite fighters like Rampage, Lyoto Machida, and Rashad Evans in the hopes of becoming a contender in the light heavyweight division? That's exactly what we hope to see, and we'll get our answer very soon.
During his UFC tenure, Phil Davis remains undefeated with four victories. He is on an eight-fight win streak, counting his total MMA career. A highly skilled wrestler, Davis has the physical gifts to challenge the likes of Jon Jones on the mat. Davis' superb conditioning could push most to the brink of exhaustion.
The question is, does he have enough tools in his arsenal and can he put it all together to become an elite fighter worthy of championship contention?
Like it or not, Davis' name has been thrown into the mix as an eventual contender to "Bones" Jones' newly acquired title. Though far from ready, it would be difficult for the UFC and Dana White to discount him on the basis of the style he would bring to such a fight.
Saturday night will be "Mr. Wonderful's" litmus test. His performance will be under the microscope; highly scrutinized. Everyone involved in the UFC, from the ordinary fan to the most intense critic, will be meticulously combing over Davis' strategy and skills inside the cage, looking for a glimpse of what the future might hold.
Ready or not Phil, the UFC is coming for you.
Elliott Saltares is a sports pundit, fan, and contributing writer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on twitter @elliottsaltares.