Nov 3, 2017; College Park, PA, USA; Phil Davis (pink gloves) enters the world previous to combating Leo Leite (not pictured) throughout Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Middle. Obligatory Credit score: Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports activities
Again in 2018, Phil Davis was working to get again to the sunshine heavyweight title he used to carry however suffered a break up determination loss to Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 209. Since their first assembly, Davis has gone on a three-fight profitable streak, the second-longest within the division, second solely to, Nemkov, who’s now the defending champion and using a five-fight profitable streak.
The 2 will run it again within the quarterfinals of the Gentle Heavyweight Grand Prix with the title on the road, in addition to an opportunity to advance within the match for the belt and the $1 million grand prize.
Phil Davis on being the champion once more
Previous to the rematch towards Nemkov, Davis met with the media and spoke about his journey again to the title, being on the second-longest energetic win streak within the division (Nemkov is first), and why he believes now could be the proper time for a rematch towards the champion.
“I look again at that loss and I by no means want I might lose however on the similar time I do really feel prefer it provides somewhat bit extra theatrics to this second and the way candy it’ll be to win the belt from a really shut determination in such an incredible gentle heavyweight match.
Heading into the battle towards Nemkov and in truth all of his fights all through his profession, Phil Davis tends to go away the emotional aspect out of the image as a result of he sees it as a job. With him approaching his subsequent shift on the job, he has a chance to avenge a loss to the champion, however he additionally has the possibility to get his belt again after dropping it 4 years in the past, and that’s the place his thoughts is at.
“Belt again. To me, that’s an emotional query and I’m very non-emotional about combating in any respect. It’s a job and I do it as a result of it’s enjoyable, and I’m about being the champion.
Along with his focus solely on getting the belt he as soon as held again into his possession, Phil Davis presents an actual problem for Nemkov. A real veteran of the game, Davis has by no means been completed or submitted all through his skilled profession, and whereas Nemkov received the title with a spectacular TKO victory over Ryan Bader, Davis received’t be the identical opponent. The wrestling for Davis will likely be key as he’s a former All-American Division I wrestling champion and has used that ability set to get him to the sunshine heavyweight title up to now and make him one of many hardest fighters for his opponents to face all through his profession.
Vadim Nemkov definitely can maintain his personal within the battle towards Davis, he’s solely suffered two losses in his skilled profession, however this battle would be the first protection of his Bellator title, one thing Davis has had earlier expertise with. Nemkov has the ability and strain to vary the battle at any second, but when he doesn’t shut the lights out on Davis early, he may very well be in for a protracted evening.
After the battle, the query stands: what’s subsequent for Phil Davis? If he turns into champion then the quick reply is easy, work his method by means of the match and getting the grand prize of holding the title and $1 million in prize cash, however how does he get there? Beating Nemkov will likely be no straightforward job, however then if he wins, Davis must face both Anthony Johnson or Yoel Romero, each of whom are extraordinarily powerful rivals and can make it must-see TV. Lastly, there will likely be a finals matchup and if Davis will get out of the match because the winner, the place will he wish to take his profession from there?