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

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.