Saturday's UFC on Fox 2 show is going to be a can't-miss sporting event. The main card kicks off at 8 PM Eastern on Fox. Here's a look at the three big fights from the perspective of the underdog.
Phil Davis +175 (fighting Rashad Evans -165)
Saturday's main event is a fight that nearly happened five months ago back in August at UFC 133. As it turned out, Davis was injured and Tito Ortizfilled in as Rashad Evans's punching bag for the night. Phil Davis will fare better than Tito Ortiz did against "Suga" and Davis has the goods to win this fight. A win for Davis ruins the much-anticipated Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans showdown. Yet if Davis wins impressively, UFC fans will jump on Mr. Wonderful's bandwagon.
Rashad Evans has more UFC fights (13) than Phil Davis has in his pro career (9). Entering his sixth UFC fight, Davis is taking a big step up much like Evans did in his sixth UFC fight (vs. Tito Ortiz at UFC 73). With wins against top-level light heavyweights like Nogueira and Gustafsson, Davis has earned his shot at Evans and the #1 contender status.
Davis can beat Evans, especially if he has healthy and has made continued progress in his stand-up game since his last fight in March 2011. Against Evans, Davis will have the size advantage. The biggest question in this fight is who has the wrestling advantage? And it's an answer we'll only know once the fight starts. Five rounds is a long time for two skilled light heavyweights to battle without a finish, so if you are going with the underdog here, go with Davis by submission to hedge your bet.
Ben's fantasy pick: Phil Davis by submission round 5
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