Phil Davis fully applied his wrestling expertise and dominated Glover Teixeira for a unanimous decision in the co-main event at UFC 179 on Saturday.
Davis controlled Teixeira with various clinches en route to grabbing the judges’ nod with scores of 30-27 across the board.
Davis pushed to get the fight to the ground or over three minutes before finally putting Teixeira on his back. While on the ground, Davis landed punches while holding a clinch. Teixeira fought to get back to this feet, but Davis consumed him and finished out the round holding a clinch on the ground, landing more punches.
Teixeira found himself in trouble again in the second round, getting put down by Davis and absorbing punches while Davis held a body lock. When he was able to break free, Teixeira chased Davis down, throwing looping punches, but landing very few. Towards the end of the round, Davis scored another takedown and secured his opponent’s back, working for a rear-naked choke as time expired.
In the final round, Teixeira began by landing a few one-two combinations, but again became victim to Davis’ takedowns. While holding his opponent in a cradle position, Davis landed knees and various other strikes. Teixeira had no answer to his opponent’s wrestling for a majority of the fight.
Following the win, Davis unexpectedly called out Anderson Silva. The light heavyweight said he’s beaten a lot of Brazilians, and Silva is the only Brazilian that he would like to fight next.
When the camera panned to Silva in the crowd, the former UFC middleweight champion just covered his mouth and shrugged.
The win on Saturday rebounds Davis from his previous loss to Anthony Johnson and improves his record to 13-2, 1 NC.
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