Phil Davis might be finally figuring out a way to a title shot. While his style of fighting is not super-exciting, he has been mostly dominant inside the cage, even tapping out Alexander Gustafsson, a man many believe to be the uncrowned UFC light heavyweight champion.
Even though he is 12-1 Davis has yet to get a title shot. Now he’s shooting off his mouth — and it might pay off for him.
“I mean listen, it can be any combination of title things that get you a title shot,” Davis told MMA Fighting. “Apparently fighting Roy Nelson and then fighting Pat Cummins gets you a title shot.”
Davis is referring to Daniel Cormier, who appears headed for a title shot sooner rather than later against Jon Jones.
“Maybe beating no one in the top 10 like Glover (Teixeira) did gets you a title shot,” Davis said. ” There’s no rhyme or reason to getting a title shot. So, beating the number one contender does not get you a title shot. At this point, I don’t really care, I think I’m in the best in the world so I’ll just keep fighting whoever they put in the cage.”
Davis also accused Jones of being weak for not wanting to fight Gustafsson again.
“Most people would rematch,” Davis said. “But he said, ‘forget about that, forget about you.'”
Davis said Jones might be outgunned against Teixeira too at UFC 172.
“Glover’s a big, scary guy,” Davis said. “And he swings hard, and that doesn’t make for happy afternoons. So, that’s a tough fight for him. He’s not ready for it.”
Davis will fight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson also at UFC 172.
Johnson is returning to the UFC after fighting for the World Series of Fighting.
“He’s not the guy I wanted,” Davis said. “But pretty much everyone else was booked, so it wasn’t a huge surprise, but it was like, I’ll take it at this point.”