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"Mr. Wonderful"

12-2-0

Phil Davis

Phil "Mr. Wonderful" Davis

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  • Given Name: Phil Kwabina Davis
  • Professional MMA Record: 12-2-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Mr. Wonderful
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 30 | Date of Birth: 1984.09.25
  • Last Fight: April 26, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs
  • Affiliation: Alliance MMA
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm) | Reach: 79.0" (201cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $202,000 USD
  • Born: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: San Diego, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: Pennsylvania State
  • Foundation Style: Wrestling

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An NCAA National Wrestling Champion for Penn State in 2008 and a 2009 No Gi World Jiu-Jitsu Champion in the blue belt, super heavyweight division, Phil Davis is one of the best wrestlers to make the transition to the world of professional mixed martial arts competition in years. Combining a freakish physique with world-class grappling skills, he has already rattled off several quick victories in the ultra-competitive UFC light heavyweight division since joining the promotion in 2010. He holds notable victories over Brian Stann, the formerly undefeated Alexander Gustafsson, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira


Utilizing his height (6’2”), enormous physical strength, and wrestling pedigree, Davis has shot to the top of the light heavyweight division.  All but four of his professional fights have been inside the UFC's octagon. Although he primarily uses his wrestling inside the cage, he does have two t/ko victories before he signed with the UFC. Davis has won every fight in the UFC that he has been the oddsmakers favorite in. The only time he was the underdog was against Rashad Evans and he lost that fight via decision. Davis won his fight with Tim Boestch with a modified kimura that has since been dubbed the "Mr. Wonderful".


Davis was thrown into the spotlight when he faced Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC on Fox 2. Evans was promised a title shot against Jon jones if he won though the same was not offered to Davis. Evans went on to win via decision. This marked the first loss for Davis but also his biggest step up in competition. 


His next fight was against undefeated Brazilian prospect Wagner Prado at UFC on Fox 4. Their fight quickly ended in a no contest when Davis inadvertently poked Prado in the eye which halted the action. The ringside doctor declared that Prado could not continue so the fight was declared a no contest. The rematch was set for UFC 153 and this time Davis was able to submit Prado in the second round with a Anaconda choke. His next win would come over jiu jitsu specialist Vinny Magalhaes at UFC 159. Davis played it smart and kept the fight standing and used his striking to earn the Unanimous Decision victory. He followed that win up with a Unanimous Decision over Lyoto Machida at UFC 163 in a very close and hard to score match. Many people felt that Machida should have got the nod but regardless Davis edged him out and moved up the rankings with the win. He is next set to take on Anthony Johnson in the co main event of UFC 172.

Last updated 04.01.2014, 10:33 AM ET
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Phil Davis Light Heavyweight Ranking History

Phil Davis MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Glover Teixeira
12-2-0 22-3-0

UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2014.10.25
Odds: +250 (Moderate Underdog)
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Anthony Johnson
12-1-0 16-4-0

UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2014.04.26
Odds: -250 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Lyoto Machida
11-1-0 19-3-0

UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.08.03
Odds: +280 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Leon Roberts
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Vinny Magalhães
10-1-0 10-5-0

UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.04.27
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 ($30K Base, $30K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Cancelled Bout Forrest Griffin UFC 155 2012.12.29
Reason: Griffin Knee Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
4:29 Round 2 of 3, 9:29 Total

Wagner Prado
9-1-0 8-0-0

UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2012.10.13
Odds: -370 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs | Referee: Marc Goddard
#49 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
No Contest
1:28 Round 1 of 3

Wagner Prado
9-1-0 8-0-0

UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2012.08.04
Odds: -775 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs | Referee: Luis Cobian
Cancelled Bout Chad Griggs UFC on FOX 4 2012.08.04
Reason: Griggs Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Rashad Evans
9-0-0 16-1-1

UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2012.01.28
Odds: +185 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Rashad Evans UFC 133 2011.08.06
Reason: Davis Knee Injury
Cancelled Bout Matt Hamill UFC 129 2011.04.30
Reason: Hamill Rescheduled
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Antônio Rogério Nogueira
8-0-0 19-4-0

UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.03.26
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $34,000 ($17K Base, $17K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Shoulder
2:55 Round 2 of 3, 7:55 Total

Tim Boetsch
7-0-0 12-3-0

UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2010.11.20
Odds: -550 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
#46 Greatest Submission of All Time
#10 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
UFC 123 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Rodney Wallace
6-0-0 9-2-0

UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2010.08.07
Odds: -900 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $18,000 ($9K Base, $9K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Lil Boosie feat. Young Jeezy - Better Believe It
Win | Submission | Choke
4:55 Round 1 of 3

Alexander Gustafsson
5-0-0 9-0-0

UFC 112: Invincible
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2010.04.10
Odds: -525 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta | Walkout Music: Jay-Z - Blueprint 2
#21 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Brian Stann
4-0-0 8-2-0

UFC 109: Relentless
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2010.02.06
Odds: -265 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti | Walkout Music: Young Jeezy - Standing Ovation
Win | Submission | Choke

David Baggett

Pennsylvania Regional

2009.06.27
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Terry Cohens

Virginia Regional

2009.04.25
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Josh Green

Palace Fighting Championship

2009.01.22
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Brett Chism

No Boundary

2008.10.11

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    Interview  |  The Origins of "Mr. Wonderful" by UFC report dead link

    The UFC put out this short vid on the origins of "Mr. Wonderful" Phil Davis's nickname shortly before his UFN 24 bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in March 2011.

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