Mixed martial arts (MMA) class will be in session at UFC 159 on April 27, 2013, and Phil Davis will teach Vinny Magalhaes a lesson the "hard way" at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
The two talented Light Heavyweight standouts will settle their social score when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the "Garden State" next month for a blockbuster pay-per-view (PPV) that features a main event between 205-pound champion Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen.
Davis and Magalhaes have been embroiled in a war of words over the past few months with the latter saying he is a "horrible fight" for the former's wrestle-heavy style, while "Mr. Wonderful" responded that "Pezao" -- whom he had to Google to see who he was -- "isn't on his level."
Now that he knows just who Magalhaes is, the former NCAA Division 1 wrestling champion out of Penn State University is ready to make him regret the day he asked for the fight.
Davis recently warned (via UFC.com):
"I respect Vinny a lot. I respect all the guys in my weight class, all the guys in the UFC. All of them are skilled fighters -- we're the best in the world. I take him very seriously, but, he's going to regret asking to fight me. Some lessons have to be learned the hard way. You wanted this fight, you got it. Another thing is, I'm a giving person, if there is something you need, just ask me for it. You want to fight me? Boom, you got it. Make a wish? Boom, Merry Christmas, you got me."
It's no secret Magalhaes' bread and butter is his otherworldly jiu-jitsu, which the black belt has parlayed into numerous Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) tournament wins and has attributed much of his mixed martial arts (MMA) success to his submission prowess.
And while Davis acknowledges the dangers Magalhaes' ground game can pose, it doesn't concern him one bit because he is bound by the laws of a one-dimensional discipline.
"I would say he's pretty slick, very inventive in his style. Vinny's jiu-jitsu doesn't concern me at all because he is bound by the laws of jiu-jitsu. I love jiu-jitsu, jiu-jitsu is cool, it's fun, but, some of the rules of jiu-jitsu, I break. I do the exact wrong thing and it works for me because I follow the rules of wrestling. Wrestling is a little bit stronger of an art form. I just concentrate on what I need to do and how I can make myself the best fighter on the planet. I won't be able to beat the best guy in the world until I am the best guy in the world. And that's what I'm working on right now. 100-percent I know I'm going to beat Vinny and it will be just a great feeling once I do."
How about it Maniacs, will Davis' wrestling trump Magalhaes' jiu-jitsu when the two collide at "The Rock?" Or can Magalhaes earn his second straight submission win inside the Octagon?
Predictions ... let's hear 'em.