When Forrest Griffin was struck down by the injury bug, it left Phil Davis without a dance partner at UFC 155, which is set to go down in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 29, 2012.
The light heavyweight scrap didn't exactly have title shot implications, seeing as how both men recently broke their skids and were looking to pick up back-to-back wins, so one would figure there wouldn't be much of an issue finding a replacement to take on "Mr. Wonderful" in "Sin City," right?
According to submission wizard Vinny Magalhaes, he was offered the bout against Davis, but felt three weeks just wasn't enough time to prepare for the bout, but did offer to take on the former NCAA Division 1 All-American wrestler in Feb. 2013.
At the suggestion of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matchmaker, Joe Silva, Magalhaes started calling out Davis, but he has yet to respond to his challenge. According to the theories of the former M-1 205-pound champion, Davis only wants to fight him when he is out of shape and hasn't had time to prepare the right way with a full training camp.
Magalhaes also said his sources spoke to Silva, who informed him that Davis will be unable to make a February showdown because of prior "family plans," which didn't sit too well with the former The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) contestant.
His comments to Bloody Elbow:
"Family plans? If it's something huge, I can understand, but if it's like a vacation or something, he should be like, 'I'm gonna have to do this later because I have a fight.' Then it would be a fair fight, because I would have a full training camp. I guarantee he'd take the fight for December, where he'd have the advantage. Now that I would have 8 - 10 weeks to train, he doesn't want to take the fight. He wants to fight me while I'm out of shape so he can have more chances to win. He knows if he gives me a full camp, it's not gonna be easy. Style-wise, I'm a horrible fight for him. That makes me real upset, and that's why I've been calling him out on Twitter."
Magalhaes recently made a successful return to the Octagon, defeating Igor Pokrajac rather effortlessly in the very first round via armbar at UFC 152 this past September.
A showdown with the former Penn State University (PSU) Nittany Lion would definitely be a step up in competition for Magalhaes and it would pit together two very talented grapplers. Though the bout doesn't seem likely for the foreseeable future, it is a fight Magalhaes obviously wants eventually.
It's an interesting match up to say the least.