UFC Quick Quote: Lyoto Machida knows how to deal with wrestlers

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Lyoto Machida is extremely confident he will be able to neutralize the wrestling of Phil Davis during their co-main event battle at UFC 163.

"I feel very confortable with striking. I've fought many wrestlers; I know how to deal with them. So I feel very confident my striking will be the difference in this fight."

-- Top-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender Lyoto Machida tells UFC.com that he is not worried about the wrestling abilities of his UFC 163 opponent Phil Davis and feels striking is going to be the big difference-maker for their Aug. 3, 2013 showdown in Brazil. While Davis is a collegiate wrestler turned mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter with some solid credentials on the ground, "The Dragon" feels his past experience sharing the cage with the likes of Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Quinton Jackson, Randy Couture, Jon Jones, Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson has more than prepared him for this fight with Davis. Machida holds the highest takedown defense accuracy in 205-pound history at over 82%, so if "Mr. Wonderful" can't get the fight to the ground, it could turn into an ugly night.

For more news and notes on UFC 163: "Aldo vs. Korean Zombie," visit our complete event archive here.

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