The UFC’s light heavyweight division never stops moving, but one contender that will soon be back in the mix is undefeated top ten fighter Phil Davis.
The former Penn State All-American has been out for several months after suffering a knee injury that forced him out of a scheduled bout at UFC 133 in August, but now that he’s almost 100-percent again, he’s eyeing a return to action.
Davis has been going through rehab and recovery for the knee, but he’s getting more active into training and now looks at 2012 for his return to action.
One fight that could still be on the horizon for Davis is a fight with former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.
Davis and Evans were the scheduled main event for UFC 133, before Davis suffered the knee injury that put him on the sidelines.
“That may be a fight that makes sense,” Davis told MMAWeekly Radio about facing Rashad Evans. “He’s still a top five guy, definitely one of the best guys in the world, we’ll see what happens. If that fight gets made, that’s still pretty cool. I’d like that.”
Davis has never been a fighter to back down from any challenge. Whether the UFC comes calling with Rashad Evans or another name, his automatic response when Joe Silva asks is simply to say ‘yes’.
Prior to the injury, Davis had steadily been climbing the picture into the top ten of the division.
With wins over Alexander Gustafsson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira already on his resume, the next step for Davis would seem to be a top level opponent like Evans, but the former NCAA champion will honestly face whoever the UFC sees fit.
He’s not worried about maintaing his spot in the top ten, or being the most talked about fighter in the division. Davis’ job is to go out, fight and win, against whoever the UFC puts in there with him.
“I personally don’t know or care, cause the great thing about me is you can give me somebody in the top five, or the top ten, or you can give me somebody not in the top ten, and I’m still confident that I’m going to win regardless,” Davis stated.
“If you want to pay me not to fight someone not in the top ten, cool. Let me know what’s next. I don’t make the decisions and I don’t pretend that I do.”
Currently, Davis is getting back into full training with his team at the Alliance Training Center while he waits to hear word on when and where he’ll be fighting next. Could he potentially be on the upcoming UFC on Fox 2 card?
Only time will tell if Chicago will be treated to a dose of ‘Mr. Wonderful’.