Coach wants Phil Davis vs Shogun Rua in 2014
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
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 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.