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UFC: Is Phil Davis the Next Jon Jones?

(Phil Davis weighs in at UFC 123)

At UFC 163 in Rio De Janeiro Brazil, Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis pulled off a shocking unanimous decision upset over former UFC light heavyweight champion and number one title contender Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida.  With the win secured under his belt, is Mr. Wonderful ready to challenge mixed martial arts’ pound for pound king Johnny “Bones” Jones for UFC gold?  Some may be skeptical, but Jones and Davis have a lot more in common than one might think.

They both:

  • Began professional MMA careers in 2008
  • Are college wrestling champions
  • Hold notable victories over former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida
  • Possess elite physical strength and athleticism over the division
  • Utilize excellent submission skills
  • Enjoy significant reach advantages over most opponents

Once key difference between the two:

  • Phil Davis holds a first round anaconda choke victory over  Jone’s next title challenger Alexander Gustafsson.  (Will Jones be able to subdue his opponent as easily?)

Although similar in many ways, Davis still has a long road ahead of him before he crosses paths with Jon Jones. Mr. Wonderful’s wrestling abilities might be up to par with the champ, but in the striking department Phil leaves room for improvement. Perhaps a few more fights are just what he needs to sharpen his skills.  Some notable prospects could be elite competition such as Dan Henderson and Glover Teixeira, who both likely wouldn’t mind throwing it down with Davis in the octagon.  But who knows, in the near future Bones Jones might just be staring at his own reflection across the cage.  With one notable difference.  That reflection could hold the name Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis!

As a reminder, Jon Jones will be facing off with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 September 21st this year in Toronto, while Phil Davis’ next opponent has yet to be determined or announced by the UFC.