"I don't know where I fit in the title contention picture. I just go fight by fight. I really wanted to get a finish in my last fight. If I get a finish here, it'll get me a lot further along than a loss or a win will. After this fight, people will be begging for me to get a title shot. That's it."
Had Phil Davis defeated Rashad Evans at UFC on Fox 2 last year, he would have earned a shot against current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. Since coming up short to "Suga" on the judges' scorecards in Chicago, Illinois, "Mr. Wonderful" has racked up two straight victories inside the Octagon and looks to make it three in a row as he takes on Lyoto Machida at UFC 163 on Aug. 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An impressive win over "The Dragon," according to Davis, will likely have fight fans clamoring for the former Penn State Nittany Lion's shot at the gold. But with all of these "loudmouths" and line-jumpers cutting in front of everyone, it's impossible for Phil, or any other fighter, for that matter, to know just exactly where they stand in the title picture. How far off do you think Davis is for his shot at the 205-pound strap? Will a win over Machida be good enough to earn it?