Two of the UFC’s top light heavyweights are apparently headed for a fall showdown against one another. Brazilian website Combate.com is reporting that recent title-challenger Glover Teixeira and Phil Davis have a verbal agreement in place to square off in a bounce-back clash for both. It’s believed that the organization is targeting the pivotal 205-pound contest for UFC 179 in Brazil.
The No. 4-ranked Teixeira saw his lengthy unbeaten streak snapped at UFC 172 in Baltimore when he was punished over five lopsided rounds by champion Jon Jones. The Brazilian slugger showed plenty of heart as he sustained a pounding over the course of the 25-minute affair, but it never took away his will to win. It ended a 20-fight win streak and marked Teixeira’s first Octagon defeat after five previous successful appearances. He possesses formidable punching power with 13 of his 22 career victories coming by way of knockout.
Davis also had a tough night in Baltimore against Anthony Johnson in the card’s co-main event. “Mr.Wonderful” was unable to utilize what was expected to be a substantial advantage in the wrestling department as Johnson stuffed his takedown attempts at will. That allowed “Rumble’ to dominate the proceedings with his striking skills in securing the unanimous decision win. Davis showed a sturdy chin in defeat as he absorbed a number of crisp shots from the hard-hitting Johnson.
The loss snapped a three-fight win streak and proved a serious hit to his title hopes. Davis had spent much of fight week in Maryland trash-talking Jones in the hopes of landing a potential fight, but he failed to take care of business on his end. As a result he’s dropped to No. 6 in the divisional rankings. Davis’ impressive wrestling credentials and dangerous ground game would make for a good clash against Teixeira’s superior striking advantage.
Teixeira and Davis certainly have the physical abilities and skills to get right back into the title picture in the light heavyweight division. While Teixeira would have the home turf advantage, if the bout does come to fruition on the Oct. 25 card, Davis is no stranger to tough assignments in enemy territory. He defeated Lyoto Machida by split decision at UFC 163 in Brazil and also submitted Wagner Prado in 2012 at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro.
UFC 179 will be headlined by the featherweight title rematch between champion Jose Aldo and top-contender Chad Mendes. A Teixeira-Davis matchup would be an excellent addition to that event.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports