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Coach wants Phil Davis vs Shogun Rua in 2014
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Coach wants Phil Davis vs Shogun Rua in 2014

Published Dec. 19, 2013 12:41 a.m. ET

The UFC's light heavyweight division is currently teeming with big fights coming up including the title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira, not to mention the UFC 170 headliner pitting former champion Rashad Evans against new contender Daniel Cormier.

One name that's been inherently missing from the conversation lately, however, is No. 4 ranked fighter Phil Davis, who has been out of action since August when he won a split decision victory over Lyoto Machida at UFC 163.

It marked Davis' third win in a row and vaulted him into the top five of the rankings, but he's still sitting on the sidelines awaiting word about his next fight. So instead of waiting any longer, Davis' head coach Eric Del Fierro of the Alliance Training Center in San Diego voiced his opinion to UFC Tonight insider Ariel Helwani on Wednesday.

According to Del Fierro, he would like to see Davis return during the first quarter of 2014 in a fight against former light heavyweight champion Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua.


Rua just fought earlier this month when he snuffed out James Te Huna with one of the nastiest knockouts of all 2013, putting the light heavyweight legend back on track after two recent losses in the Octagon.

The former PRIDE Grand Prix winner had been linked to reports that he was contemplating a move down to middleweight, but after his win over Te Huna it seemed as if Rua was happy to stay at light heavyweight where he's been most of his career.


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