UFC Light Heavyweight contender Phil Davis will be welcoming Anthony "Rumble" Johnson back to the UFC at UFC 172 but he's not necessarily thrilled with that match-up. In fact he's not a fan of the UFC's entire approach to awarding title shots. Davis spoke to Dave Doyle of MMA Fighting:
"(Rumble's) not the guy I wanted," Davis said. "But pretty much everyone else was booked, so it wasn't a huge surprise, but it was like, I'll take it at this point."
"I mean listen, it can be any combination of title things that get you a title shot," Davis said. "Apparently fighting Roy Nelson and then fighting Pat Cummins gets you a title shot. Maybe beating no one in the top 10 like Glover did gets you a title shot. There's no rhyme or reason to getting a title shot. So, beating the number one contender does not get you a title shot. At this point, I don't really care, I think I'm in the best in the world so I'll just keep fighting whoever they put in the cage."
Davis' teammate Alexander Gustafsson is hoping to get a rematch with the champion following his very close bout with Jones at UFC 165 but that doesn't appear to be forthcoming. Davis commented on that as well:
"Most people would rematch," Davis said of the Toronto title fight narrowly won by Jones in September. "But he said, forget about that, forget about you.' I find that interesting. Very interesting."
Champion Jon Jones will face Glover Teixeira on that same UFC 172 card and if he beats Teixeira, is expected to defend his belt next against Daniel Cormier.