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"Mr. Wonderful"


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: 29 | 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 MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Glover Teixeira

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

Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Anthony Johnson
Ref: Herb Dean

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

Odds: -250 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Lyoto Machida
Ref: Leon Roberts

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

Odds: +280 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Vinny Magalhães
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

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

Odds: -300 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 ($30K Base, $30K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
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
Ref: Marc Goddard

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

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

Wagner Prado
Ref: Luis Cobian

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

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

Rashad Evans
Ref: Herb Dean

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

Odds: +185 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
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
Ref: Herb Dean

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

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

Tim Boetsch
Ref: Herb Dean

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

Odds: -550 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#50 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
Ref: Herb Dean

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

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

Alexander Gustafsson
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

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

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

Brian Stann
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

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

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

David Baggett

Pennsylvania Regional

Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Terry Cohens

Virginia Regional

Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Josh Green

Palace Fighting Championship

Win | Decision | Unanimous

Brett Chism

No Boundary


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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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