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UFC Light Heavyweight Phil Davis fought Rashad Evans on the last UFC on Fox card and will be welcoming new-comer Wagner Prado to the UFC on the UFC on Fox 4 undercard. MMA Fighting's Dave Doyle caught up with Davis and got some quotes.
On losing to Rashad Evans:
"I still find that fight to be a little bit of a milestone. I haven't been in the sport for that long and I stayed with a guy whose been doing it two or three times longer than I have, so its just, you know, it is what it is. I don't feel like its necessary a fall off the horse type of situation.
"It's not something I'd say I could forget about, but I don't dwell on it either. My motivation for winning was never beating Rashad, it's to be a champion. That's the one constant throughout my career, and you know, nothing about my overall plan for success has changed. I still want to be the champion, I'm still 100 percent confident I'll be there, and just approach every day as such.
"I'm going out before Brandon, so its like I'm the pace car, you know? If I get a knockout, then he has to go out and do something crazy. But what if Phil does something big before me? Then I gotta go out there and do a spinning back kick like [Edson] Barboza."
"Now we're all ‘well, you try to get a knockout, but I'll try to get a submission,' or ‘you'll get fight of the night,'" said Davis. "I don't know if its good or bad that you have to compete with your own boys for money that we all want, but, you know what? Its super cool with all of us, ‘cause you want to fight on the same card and it almost never happens."