Phil Davis surprised many following his win Saturday night at UFC 179 over Glover Teixeira when he asked for a future fight with Anderson Silva.
Davis, who appeared on his way to a possible light heavyweight title shot before losing to Anthony Johnson earlier this year, dominated Teixeira in front of his Brazilian fans, improving to 3-0 vs. Brazilian fighters all-time.
So, with Silva in attendance, “Mr. Wonderful” took the opportunity presented to him and ran with it.
“He’s the triple crown of Brazilians,” said Davis, during an interview with FOX Sports 2. “He’s fought tough guys out of his class before. He’s a great guy. I have nothing but respect for him.
“This is the fight game. It’s nothing personal; he’s the best there is.”
Davis engaged in a war of words with Jon Jones, the reigning light heavyweight champion, in the days leading up to his bout with Johnson earlier this year. However, he was unable to follow up, losing a decision. His focus this time was on Teixeira and domination.
“I had to make a statement,” he said, “and I wanted to win every round and win every minute of every round.”
Silva has competed at 205 pounds before, but the former middleweight champion is returning in January against Nick Diaz.