After the MMA community exploded, crying robbery when Phil Davis defeated Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision at UFC 163, one would think Davis would be ready to prove the validity of his win to the doubters. It appears this is not the case. Phil is 100% certain the he beat Machida fair and square. Despite almost every MMA website scoring the fight for The Dragon, and polls among MMA forums showing over 90% of fans believing Lyoto won, Davis rationalizes his win by stating “I have 12 wins, 11 wins, all those guys want rematches, You’re not the first person who wants a rematch. You fight every fight like this. You fight close fights. Name one fight that he didn’t finish where he beat the crap out of somebody.” which is completely irrelevant to what actually happened.
Who cares if his opponents want rematches? Who cares if Lyoto doesn’t beat the crap out of somebody in a decision? No matter which way you look at it, a takedown in the last 30 seconds in only two of the three rounds, while being outpointed on the feet, does not add up to a win. Obviously he doesn’t want to discredit himself for a win, but to be so tactless as to say “You live by that sword, you die by that sword. When you habitually leave it to the judges, that strategy will fail you. I can’t say it any other way,” is simply a disrespectful approach to justify a win over somebody that even your boss Dana White believes beat you that night. We can only hope that something is done about the elephant in the room, which is judging in our sport.