Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans remains the only man to defeat Phil Davis.
Evans, though, believes he will have company after UFC 172 Saturday night. Davis takes on Anthony Johnson in the co-main event of the show from Baltimore.
“AJ is going to be too strong and he hits like hard, hard,” said Evans, during an interview with MMAMania.com. “I think he is going to knock Phil out.”
Evans earned a decision over Davis in 2012, but is currently sidelined after suffering a severe knee injury. He was forced to pull out of a planned fight with Daniel Cormier earlier this year, but was with Johnson during weigh-ins on Friday and will be in his corner for the fight.
“AJ is going to be tough,” he said. “AJ is going to be up there. I think AJ is going to be one of the best guys in the division.
“I think he is going to smash Phil Davis. I believe he is going to smash him.”
Johnson is making his return to the UFC after being cut following a loss to Vitor Belfort and a third failed weigh-in. He made 205 pounds on the nose for this fight.
UFC 172 is now official, including the light heavyweight world title main event, as the fighters stepped to the scale earlier today in Baltimore.
Jon Jones, the reigning champion, weighed in at 205 pounds, while his challenger, Glover Teixeira, tipped the scales at 205.
Jones locked eyes with Teixeira, something he does not typically do when they square off.
“I’m going to give it my best and I’m predicting a victory,” Jones said.
Both Arthur and Chandler Jones, Jon’s brothers, were in attendance and on-stage with him. Both are current NFL players.
Teixeira stated that “Jon is a great fighter, great champion, but I am going to take that belt away from him.”
The card takes place Saturday night, with fights airing on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view. Other main cards fights include Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson, Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch, Jim Miller vs. Yancy Medeiros and Andre Fili vs. Max Holloway.
FightLine will have complete coverage of the entire card, including all your pre- and post-fight news and information.
Complete weigh-on results, along with a video replay of the festivities, can be found below.
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET))
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jon Jones (205 lbs.) vs. Glover Teixeira (205) for Jones’ title
Phil Davis (205.5) vs. Anthony Johnson (205)
Luke Rockhold (185.5) vs. Tim Boetsch (185.5)
Jim Miller (155) vs. Yancy Medeiros (155.5)
Andre Fili (145) vs. Max Holloway (145)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)
Joseph Benavidez (125.5) vs. Tim Elliott (125.5)
Isaac Vallie-Flagg (155.5) vs. Takanori Gomi (155.5)
Jessamyn Duke (135.5) vs. Bethe Correia (135)
Danny Castillo (156) vs. Charlie Brenneman (155.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7:30 p.m. ET)
Chris Beal (135) vs. Patrick Williams (135)
Am I the only delusional one out there?
Am I the only one who truly believes Floyd Mayweather would not only demolish Ronda Rousey, he would leave her a broken mess?
Many analysts, fans, fighters and now bosses, have been discussing this “dream” bout between the UFC female bantamweight champion and quite possibly the greatest boxer of all-time – and for sure my generation.
Rousey is an excellent athlete. A former Olympic medalist. An unbeaten MMA fighter.
But she would have no chance. ZERO chance. Stepping inside the cage, squared circle or alley vs. Mayweather.
UFC president Dana White appeared on ESPN’s SportsNation recently and stated the complete opposite.
“You put Ronda Rousey in any fight situation. A street fight, a mixed martial arts fight. Not only does she beat Floyd, she’ll hurt Floyd really bad.”
Really? At least White did clear up his comments a little by adding that in a boxing ring, “we know what’s going to happen there.”
Mayweather might walk around with his entourage and fancy jewelry and money, but this is still a kid that grew up in a boxing family and in a house with numerous siblings. You don’t believe he had to fight and scratch and claw for everything he wanted in life?
That if, and of course this is just an if, he was matched up with Rousey, he wouldn’t just land a one-two combo and floor her?
I don’t know why this has me so worked up, as it’s obviously just a marketing ploy to promote Rousey at the expense of the biggest pay-per-view moneymaker in the world right now, but it’s just annoying to hear “smart” people continue to claim the same thing.
Vitor Belfort might not be quiet anymore.
After being called out by Luke Rockhold for staying silent after the banning of TRT, Belfort fired back against the former Strikeforce champion.
Last year, Belfort delivered a knockout kick to Rockhold in Brazil. Rockhold expressed his desire to have a rematch with “The Phenom,” while also calling the kick lucky and referencing Belfort for living a “shady life.”
Well, Belfort didn’t take too kindly to that, writing on Instagram, “This is just a reminder. To all the (haters) out there, that always looking for excuses the more they talk the better me and my team the Blackzilians will get.”
Belfort was removed from a planned UFC middleweight title fight with Chris Weidman after the Nevada Athletic Commission banned the use of TRT. The UFC followed the decision, and placed Lyoto Machida in the title fight. Belfort is believed to be working towards getting his fight license and off TRT.
Luke Rockhold feels that Vitor Belfort pulled one over on not only him, but the entire MMA community.
In fact, Rockhold wants nothing more than to face Belfort again.
Back in 2013, Belfort scored a knockout victory over Rockhold in Brazil. He was on TRT at the time, as it was legal for him to use. Since the turn of the calendar to 2014, though, the drug has been banned by the UFC.
“There’s some fishy things going on. The highs and lows of Vitor Belfort,” said Rockhold, during a recent interview with FOX Sports. “I would not want to be that guy. Be on top of the world getting all these ‘Knockouts of the Night’ and all these awards of the year and then all of a sudden get shunned into the shadows.
“He leads a shady life and it seems like karam might be coming back.”
Belfort was positioned to challenge Chris Weidman for the UFC middleweight title, but he was taken out and replaced by Lyoto Machida. Since that time, he has maintained a quiet life, only posting to social media sites a handful of times and not doing many interviews.
“Who knows what’s going on with Belfort,” he said. “He seems to be completely silent about it. Who knows what happened with that last drug test of his or when he’s going to be fight. I hope he comes back soon because I definitely would be seeking that fight sooner than later.”
In fact, the former Strikeforce champion would like nothing more than to get his rematch in Brazil.
“I’ll go back down to Brazil and fight Vitor on steroids,” he said. “He’s not going to land that kick again. I will overcome Vitor Belfort. No matter what, steroids or not.”
Rockhold will have to settle for Tim Boetsch this Saturday at UFC 172 in the meantime.