UFC 133: Phil Davis Has No Guaranteed Title Shot If He Beats Rashad Evans

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IApril 28, 2011

If you thought Phil Davis would earn the top contender spot with a win over Rashad Evans at UFC 133—think a little harder.

Evans hasn't fought since last May when he beat Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

Evans since then has held the top contender spot in the light heavyweight division, and instead of fighting, opted to wait for Mauricio "Shogun" Rua to heal and fight him for the title.

Well Evans waited and injured himself a month before his title shot with Shogun was supposed to happen. Jon Jones then stepped in and dethroned Shogun and became the youngest UFC champion. 

Now that Jones is injured and had to pull out of the Evans bout, Evans this time around is going to fight instead of waiting for the champion to heal.

Davis and Evans are set to face each other at UFC 133 which is expected to take place in Philadelphia. But, even if Davis beats Evans, Davis is not guaranteed a title shot.

"He's in the mix," UFC president Dana White told MMA Fighting about where a win would place Davis.

"It's huge upside for Phil," White said. "He's an up-and-coming guy anyway. We'll see what happens."

It's a big thing for Davis, who could earn a serious big name win if he beats Evans. White believes this fight with Evans helps make or break Davis' career.

"When you get an opportunity in this business, you jump on it," White said.

"You take it. Especially for a guy like Davis. Wait a minute, I automatically catapult and get a chance to fight Rashad Evans? I'm in. Everybody's banged up. It's like NFL players who play every Sunday. It's part of the game. It's part of professional sports."