|Association||Team Lloyd Irvin / American Kickboxing Academy|
|Weight Class||Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.)|
|Height||6' 2" (1.88 m)|
|Birth Date||September 25, 1984|
|Fighting Out Of||San Jose, California|
|Phil Davis Pictures||Phil Davis In Depth Analysis|
Phil Davis is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a Light Heavyweight. He is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Davis was a stand-out collegiate Wrestler, which is where he gets his martial arts background.
|Record||9 - 1 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw) (1 NC)|
|Win||Wagner Prado||Submission (Anaconda Choke)||UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar||10/13/2012||2||4:29|
|No Contest||Wagner Prado||NC (Accidental Eye Poke)||UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera||8/4/2012||1||1:28|
|Loss||Rashad Evans||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis||1/28/2011||5||5:00|
|Win||Antonio Rogerio Nogueira||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis||3/26/2011||3||5:00|
|Win||Tim Boetsch||Submission (Kimura)||UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida||11/20/2010||2||2:55||Won Submission of the Night Honors|
|Win||Rodney Wallace||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen||8/07/2010||3||5:00|
|Win||Alexander Gustafsson||Submission (Anaconda Choke)||UFC 112: Invincible||4/10/2010||1||4:55|
|Win||Brian Stann||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 109: Relentless||2/06/2010||3||5:00||UFC debut|
|Win||David Baggett||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UCFC: Rumble on the Rivers||6/27/2009||1||3:37|
|Win||Terry Cohens||TKO (Punches)||UWC 6: Capital Punishment||4/25/2009||1||4:29|
|Win||Josh Green||TKO (Punches)||PFC 12: High Stakes||1/22/2009||1||1:49|
|Win||Brett Chism||Decision (Unanimous)||No Boundary: The Awakening||10/11/2008||2||5:00|
As a kid, Davis' list of athletic participation included everything from football and baseball to figure skating and track. But, in a home with two education-centered parents, books took precedence.
He attended a selective public school at the elementary level, where he had classes in two languages as well as advanced work in other subjects. In junior high, he went to the local public school and continued to excel in academics.
During this time, Davis picked up Wrestling, where he had a very impressive career.
Martial Arts Background
Davis had an outstanding collegiate wrestling career at Penn State, winning an invividual (197 lbs) NCAA title in 2008. He is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Lloyd Irvin. In 2009 he won the No Gi World Jiu-Jitsu Championship as a blue belt in the 221lbs, Super Heavyweight division.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
About two months after starting his MMA training, Davis was offered his first amateur fight.
- "The guy was a lot older than I was," he said. "I pushed the guy against the cage, hit him a few times, got him with a knee, then he chased me a little bit and I hit him and dropped him."
It was the first of four amateur wins in four fights, but the world of amateur MMA clashed with Davis' background.
- "I came from a world that was extremely organized with extremely rigid rules," he said. "For weigh-ins, we had to have a certain scale and no others. In some of those fights, there was just like a bathroom scale on carpet. That's rife with inaccuracy."
- "Plus, in wrestling, if you're one minute late, you're done. There were times they would say it would start at 3 and it would actually start at 5. I was seriously rethinking my career choice."
Instead, Davis turned to a professional career. He made his debut in October 2008 at a No Boundary event and scored a two-round decision victory. By June 2009, he fought three more times and collected three first-round victories, two on TKO by punches and another with a rear-naked choke.
The quick start and successful background made Davis an attractive addition, and the UFC worked with his managers for a deal.
Davis made his UFC debut against former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Stann on February 6, 2010 at UFC 109: Relentless. In a battle for the hearts of Pennsylvania, as both fighters grew up in the state, Davis won the fight by Decision (Unanimous).
Davis was next scheduled to face Alexander Gustafsson on April 10, 2010 at UFC 112: Invincible in Abu Dhabi. Davis avoided the big shots that had earned Gustafsson seven previous knockout victories, and worked Gustafsson to the floor and delivered some ground-and-pound damage before locking in a fight-ending Anaconda Choke with just five seconds remaining in the opening round. The submission victory handed Gustafsson his first career loss.
His next outing in the UFC took place at UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen, where he faced off against Rodney Wallace, who at the time was on a two-fight skid. Davis showed dominance in his stand-up and ground game, where he won a clear-cut Decision (Unanimous), as he was unable to capitalize on his many advantageous ground positions.
Ranks and Titles
- A 112-17 career record in high school
- Runner-up finishes in Junior National Greco-Roman competition in 2002 and 2003
- A 116-20 career record at Penn State
- The 2008 Division I national title at 197 pounds.
- The fourth four-time All-American in Penn State's wrestling history
- Won an invividual (197 lbs) NCAA title in 2008
- Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Lloyd Irvin
- In 2009 he won the No Gi World Jiu-Jitsu Championship as a blue belt in the 221lbs, Super Heavyweight division.