In the co-main event of UFC 163, Phil Davis (12-1, 1 NC, 8-1, 1 NC UFC) picked up the biggest victory of his career by taking a unanimous decision victory over former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (19-4, 11-4 UFC). The fight didn't have a ton of action, but the decision was pretty controversial nonetheless. All three judges had it 29-28 for Davis.
Machida landed the harder shots standing over the three rounds and seemed to connect with more regularity than Davis did. Mr. Wonderful was able to score late takedowns in each of the first two rounds though. He wasn't able to do anything with the first, but he opened up with some GnP in the second. Machida fought off all of his attempts in the third, but the judges still gave the fight to Davis overall. Two judges gave Davis rounds 1 and 2, while another gave him rounds 1 and 3.
What was the high point of the fight?
Probably when the decision was announced. It seemed pretty clear that Machida was going to have his hand raised, but that's not what happened. Machida was stunned, and even Davis seemed surprised that he won.
Where do they go from here?
For Davis, the win was huge. It's by far the biggest win of his career, and pushes him back into contention for a UFC light heavyweight title shot. He'll need at least one more win before that though, probably two. With the belt likely tied up for the near future (Glover Teixeira will get a title shot if he beats Ryan Bader next month), there aren't many options for Davis right now. He could fight Mauricio Rua if Shogun can beat Chael Sonnen later this month. A bout with Dan Henderson is maybe possible. How about Vitor Belfort, perhaps? Who knows.
Machida's stock just dropped majorly with the loss, controversial or not. And he has already fought a lot of the top guys in the division, so it's tough to see where he goes from here (assuming he stays at 205). I'd honestly like to see him face Alexander Gustafsson if he loses to Jon Jones at UFC 165. A third bout with Shogun could be a possibility at some point as well.
Watch now, later, or never?
Later. Normally I'd say now for the relevance and controversy, but let's face it - the bout wasn't that exciting at all. You already know the outcome if you're reading this. If you want context for the decision, go watch. If you are more interested in action, give this a pass for now.
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