Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion, Lyoto Machida, is hoping to get himself back into the 205-pound title hunt when he takes on fellow division contender Phil Davis, as part of the UFC 163: "Aldo vs. Korean Zombie" pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Aug. 3, 2013, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
"The Dragon" has already won two in a row.
Unfortunately, his victory over Dan Henderson did little to convince the masses he was back with a vengeance, squeaking by "Hendo" by way of narrow split decision at UFC 157 last February, drawing audible boos from the Anaheim faithful.
Davis tell BJPenn.com he won't allow Machida to pull similar tricks down south:
"I really hate to say this, but I got to: the pressure is on him, it's not on me. He's the guy who's the number one contender, he's the guy who must win this fight. I am going to win this fight because he needs to win. If he tries to sit back and relax, the opportunity will not happen for him. He needs to come after me, that's his best opportunity, to come after me. Sitting back and just waiting for things to happen, that's just not a winning strategy right now. He thinks he can squeak by with a close decision like he did with Dan Hendo, not that I think I'm better than Dan Hendo, but I've already seen that. I've seen it cageside, I saw it happen. I'm not going to let that happen again."
We shall see.
Unfortunately, Davis failed to issue a mea culpa for his three-round stinker against Vinny Magalhaes at UFC 159, a main card scrap he called a "good fight" back on April 27 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. I guess not getting submitting by an Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) champion can be considered "good."
But perhaps not "Wonderful," something that may be required for a future 205-pound title shot.