At UFC 163 this summer, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender Phil Davis will travel into hostile territory to face former 205-pound champion Lyoto Machida on his home turf in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The upcoming fight against "The Dragon" is undoubtedly one the most important of Davis' 13-fight career, and while his preparation for Machida is going well, "Mr. Wonderful" is going the extra mile to make sure he is sufficiently prepared and has brought in top middleweight contender Yushin Okami.
"I'm having a great camp so far," Davis said on the most recent edition of "Inside MMA" on AXS TV. "I've been training with Yushin Okami. Great fighter, great grappler, excellent southpaw and I'm looking forward to a really great fight camp and really great performance."
Machida is known for his highly unusual style of fighting when he enters the cage and has been known to utterly perplex opponents more often than not.
Davis is aware the Brazilian has the ability to lull others into his game, and while Machida may be a "ninja," he isn't going to have that effect on the former Penn State wrestler.
"I think Machida brings weapons that no one has ever faced. Every time he fights somebody stuff happens that you just never see," Davis explained. "He just does stuff that you don't see from anyone else. He's just one of those guys, man. He's a ninja. He's a ninja."
The match up at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 3, 2013 will pit Machida, the world's No. 1 ranked light heavyweight contender, against Davis, the No. 8 ranked contender in the weight class.
That means the winner could be right in line for a title shot.
Machida was already promised a crack at divisional kingpin Jon Jones' belt following his UFC 157 win over Dan Henderson, but the underwhelming performance in that fight led him to being passed over and set up against Davis.
The 28-year-old knows that if Machida wants to compete for the title anytime soon, he has to get through him -- which is unfortunate, because Davis is looking to enter the title mix himself.
"There is a lot of pressure on Machida for this fight. He wants that title shot, he absolutely has to win this fight," he said. "He's fighting in him hometown of Rio de Janeiro and it's a lot of pressure going into your hometown and fighting.
"Me, on the other hand, I'm just going to go in there and do what I do. I make things happen and I'm looking for that title shot myself. "
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