Mr. Wonderful may have to change his name to Mr. Perfect.
Phil Davis continued his ascent up the lightweight heavyweight ladder at UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida on Saturday night in Detroit, upping his record to 8-0.
He didn’t just win; he thoroughly dominated Tim Boetsch. He kept Boetsch, a good striker, in close while standing, driving home knees to the body and bruising him with short punches. Before Boetsch could find his range, Davis put him on his back, mauling him for the latter half of the round. Boetsch got back to his feet briefly before the bell, but ate several more knees to the midsection for his efforts.
Davis quickly took Boetsch down in round two, patiently wading his way through a tight guillotine choke. That was when everything spiraled down for Boetsch. Davis locked up his arm in a Kimura position, continuing to work at it until he had the leverage to finish the maneuver even though he only had a grip on it with one of his own hands.
Joe Rogan, in the post-fight interview, said he had never seen such a finish and dubbed it “The Mr. Wonderful.”