Phil Davis backtracks on biased Brazilian judges comment, says he ‘didn’t say that’


UFC light-heavyweight competitor Phil Davis discussed his upcoming match-up against Glover Teixeira and why he was misquoted on his biased Brazilian judges comment.

It appears someone has pulled a fast one on Phil Davis.

The light-heavyweight competitor, who is scheduled to meet Glover Teixeira in the co-main event of UFC 179 in October, recently stated that he was a little worried about competing in Brazil due to their inherent bias for local fighters.

Now it seems as though Davis did not say those comments at all.

"I don't even know why that article got printed," Davis said in a media scrum following the UFC 179 ticket sales press conference. "I didn't say that. What I said was that ‘is there a homefield advantage? Yes.'  You have the crowd cheering for you. But that really doesn't matter because these guys come to America and they don't complain. I think its fair.

"I don't even understand why  - it's making me upset  - whoever printed that article, it's completely not what I said.  Either way, if you left it to the judges, and the judges have a subjective view of whom they think won and that is that. The judges are not intentionally biased."

While Davis is quite certain he did not mention any such comments, he did in fact make similar ones on Submission Radio.

"Do I worry about the judges? Absolutely I worry about the judges. Is it gonna be a fair fight? No it's not going to be a fair fight. Do I expect it to be, you know, uneven? Absolutely."

UFC 179 is scheduled to take place Oct. 25 at the Maracanazinho gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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