My wrestling credentials are better than yours.
Undefeated Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender and wrestling powerhouse Phil Davis can truly lay claim to being one of the most accomplished amateur wrestlers in the promotion today.
Amassing a 116-17 record during his collegiate days at Penn State and being a four-time NCAA Division 1 All American, along with winning a NCAA title in 2008, it's easy to see why Davis depends so much on the wrestling aspect of his mixed martial arts (MMA) game.
Undefeated in his young career, "Mr. Wonderful" will take on what will undoubtedly be his toughest test to date in his next bout, as he squares off against former champion Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC on Fox 2 on Jan. 28, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois.
But, as Davis tells Pro MMA Now, even though both he and "Suga" are known for having great wrestling, only one of them actually has it.
"Rashad is the same old Rashad, which is very dangerous and very skilled. I mean, he definitely has gotten better over the years but I think he's the same old guy. The problem is that we're both known for excellent wrestling but only one of us actually has it. So, I'm thinking about using the wrestling and mixing it up and doing what I can. There is no point in my career where I plan on abandoning my wrestling. It's always a part of my game plan, it's who I am, it's my strong suit. That is something that I am going into with every fight making my point of respect. I definitely want to sharpen up my wrestling so it looks crisp and my striking. Rashad Evans is a pretty good striker and I want to be prepared for that and I gotta stay strong in jiu-jitsu because the fight will go there and I can't let Rashad back up. How good is Rashad's jiu-jitsu on his back? I don't know but we will find out."
A former junior college wrestling champion at Niagara County Community College and a starter for the Michigan State Spartans wrestling team for three years; Evans is no slouch when it comes to the grappling department.
Wrestling credentials aside, the experience and overall complete skill set that Evans brings to the table could prove to be an important factor when he takes on the young Nittany Lion.On the other hand, Davis makes no bones about what his game plan will be in what could prove to be his coming out party on Fox.
What's your take, Maniacs? Will this fight come down to who has the better wrestling when the two square off in the house that Michael Jordan built? Or will we be treated to a stand up war once the Octagon door is locked behind them?