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Phil Davis on UFC split: 'There's no hurt feelings'

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Phil Davis talkes about his upcoming Bellator Debut, fighting in a one-night light heavyweight tournament, and his break from the UFC.

Bellator 142 Dynamite is just around the corner. It's a massive event featuring 21 bouts of kickboxing and MMA, at times side by side with two rings of action at the same time. One of the main features of this huge night of fights is the one-night light heavyweight tournament pitting four top-15 level fighters against each other for a shot at the 205 lb title. One of the most notable of those fighters (and according to Fight Matrix, the highest ranked), is former UFC talent Phil Davis. Davis is set to make his Bellator debut at the event where he takes on Emanuel Newton.

Davis talked about his spot in the tournament, prepping for Newton, and much more in the interview with Fight Hub TV above, but one of the more interesting topics he covered was his split from the UFC and just why he left:

"It's one of those things. It's completely a business decision and you have to approach it like that. There's no hurt feelings in changing companies, you just have to look at it in terms of financial gain. It is what it is. There is a such thing as, not everything has to be explained monetarily. But, having said that, those other things weren't being brought to the table."

"It's really as simple as, if I go to the store to get two sodas and soda number one is two dollars and soda number two is a dollar fifty, I'm going to go with the dollar fifty soda. However, if it's reversed, if company A is going to pay me a dollar and company B is going to pay me a dollar fifty, I'm going to take a dollar fifty. It's just smart economics."

Dynamite takes place on Saturday, September 19th on Spike TV and with online prelims on Spike.com. First fights start broadcasting at 6:30 Eastern/3:30 Pacific. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for all the live coverage and updates.