A UFC light heavyweight bout is in the works between top contenders Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis. This fight has yet to be confirmed, but UFC is trying to put it together as soon as possible. If this bout is indeed booked, it will take place at UFC 163 where the winner would more than likely be next in line for the title, which is currently being held by Jon Jones.
Coming into this bout, Davis is riding high off a win over Vinny Malgahaes. In this win, Davis was able to control the stand up, showing that his striking is coming along with each fight. It was a much-needed win for Davis, and he is now on a two fight winning streak. His lone loss came at the hands of Rashad Evans, who has proven to be an elite light heavyweight over the years.
Machida is also riding high off of two wins against Dan Henderson and Ryan Bader. Now Machida has the chance to fight for the belt again if he can defeat Davis is decisive fashion. In his first meeting with Jones, Machida was actually able to get the better of the striking exchanges in the first round. However, Jones eventually found his stride and would sink in a nasty standing guillotine. Machida was out before he hit the mat, and he has been adamant about proving his worth in the division ever since.
Stylistically, this matchup is interesting in that both have competent grappling skills. Machida is the better jiu jitsu practitioner whereas Davis has the edge in wrestling. In terms of the stand up portion of the fight, Machida is the superior striker, using a variety of karate techniques in his arsenal.
So will Machida earn another title shot, or will Davis prove to be too much in terms of the wrestling department and get the upset? Stay tuned!