UFC 159 fight card primer: Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes

Esther Lin

Bloody Elbow previews all 11 fights from UFC 159 tonight in Newark, N.J., including a main card fight between Phil Davis and Vinny Magalhaes.

UFC 159's main card will open with a fight grappling fans should love between former NCAA Division I wrestling champion Phil Davis (10-1, 1 NC MMA, 6-1, 1 NC UFC) and Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Vinny Magalhaes (10-5, 1 NC MMA, 1-2 UFC).

Davis will be looking to win his second straight fight while Magalhaes is looking to continue success in his second UFC run. UFC 159's main card airs starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on pay-per-view.

How do these two stack up?

Davis: 28 years old | 6'2" | 79" reach
Magalhaes: 28 years old | 6'3" | 79" reach

What have these two done recently?

Davis: W - Wagner Prado (SUB) | NC - Wagner Prado | L - Rashad Evans (DEC)
Magalhaes: W - Igor Pokrajac (SUB) | W - Mikhail Zayats (TKO) | W - Viktor Nemkov (SUB)

How did these two get here?

A wrestler who has adapted that well to MMA, Phil Davis is one of the most beloved up-and-comers in the light-heavyweight division. He reeled off five straight wins to open his UFC career, including wins over Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, Tim Boetsch and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but was set back by injury and came back to lose a decision to Rashad Evans in a fight in which he wasn't very competitive. A summer fight with Wagner Prado endly quickly due to an eyepoke, but Davis got back on the winning track with a dominant submission win over the Brazilian in the rematch in October.

Magalhaes, the runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter 8, was cut by the UFC after a decision Eliot Marshall at UFC 97. He went on to ply his trade in M-1, winning all four of his fights there en route to capturing the company's light-heavyweight championship, all four coming via stoppage. He made his UFC return at UFC 152 with a nice armbar win over Igor Pokrajac.

Why should you care?

If this fight goes to the ground, it's really going to test both men in ways that will be exciting for the fans. If this fight stays on the feet, it could get ugly. On the ground, though, the possibility for some big fireworks makes this one a must-watch.

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