Wonderful! Phil Davis vs Rodney Wallace official for UFC 117 in Oakland


Watch out Chandella Powell, Mr. Wonderful is back in town.

Phil Davis will officially replace the injured Stanislav Nedkov in a light heavyweight tilt against Rodney Wallace at the upcoming UFC 117: "Silva vs. Sonnen" pay-per-view on Aug. 7 from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

The UFC made the pending match-up official earlier today.

Davis (6-0) is coming off a "Wonderful" performance against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 112: "Invincible" earlier this year, giving the "Mauler" all he could handle before choking him out at the end of the first round.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt is an absolute beast on the mat, winning the NCAA Division I at 197 pounds in 2008. He made the transition to mixed martial arts shortly after graduation, winning his first four bouts in impressive fashion before getting the invitation to join the deep UFC 205-pound roster.

Opposing him is Wallace, who is in dire need of a win to keep himself inside the Octagon.

"Sho'Nuff the Master" sailed into the UFC with lofty expectations after a torrid 9-0 run on the independent circuit, including a submission win (armbar) over Strikeforce light heavyweight prospect Antwain Britt.

Unfortunately Brian Stann wasn't impressed, outpointing Wallace en route to a unanimous decision win at last year's Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale. The Salisbury native would drop his second straight decision, albeit in exciting fashion, to Jared Hamman at UFC 111: "St. Pierre vs. Hardy" last March.

Getting back into the win column over a highly-touted prospect like Davis would go along way in securing future UFC appearances.

UFC 117: "Silva vs. Sonnen" is set to be headlined by the middleweight title bout between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. Also featured will be perennial top welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves along with another 170-pound showdown between Matt Hughes and Ricardo Almeida.

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