UFC 159's Vinny Magalhaes: Phil Davis 'delusional' to think submission


Phil Davis may be one of the world’s elite light heavyweights. But Vinny Magalhaes believes he has another thing coming if he thinks he’s going to win by submission this week.

Magalhaes (10-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Davis (10-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) on Saturday meet on the main card of UFC 159, which takes place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and airs on pay-per-view.

Davis, an elite-level wrestler, has made mention that the fight is his for the taking, including by submission if he wants to tap Magalhaes, one of the world’s best jiu-jitsu practitioners. And that, Magalhaes said, is just crazy.

“In an MMA fight, anything can happen,” Magalhaes told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “But a submission from Phil Davis on me? No way. That’s just ridiculous. For him to think that, he has to be completely insane. Delusional, or insane.”

Davis hasn’t proven to be a slouch on the ground. He has three submissions in his 10 wins, including a bonus for his “Mr. Wonderful” choke of Tim Boetsch at UFC 123. He also tapped out Alexander Gustafsson in the Swede’s second UFC fight – the only loss of Gustafsson’s career.

But Magalhaes contends that when Davis is dominant, it has been against opponents with a different skill set than what he’s bringing to the table on Saturday night.

“All his dominant wins weren’t against guys who have the kind of game I have,” he said. “He won on the ground the way he can’t win against me. There’s no way.”

Magalhaes, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who took gold at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Combat Club when he outpointed Fabricio Werdum, said he’s never been submitted in a no-gi grappling match. And eight of his 10 career MMA wins have ended with submissions.

So Davis should be pretty clear on what the “TUF 8? runner-up’s game plan is likely to be. But Magalhaes believes he has the edge in more areas than just on the ground.

“I feel there’s so many different ways that I can win this fight,” he said. “It’s not that it’s an easy fight. Phil is a great athlete. There’s a reason why he’s No. 8 in the official rankings. There’s a reason why people think it’s such a mismatch. He’s a great athlete. But there’s so many holes in his game, and I feel like his game is the perfect style for me. If he takes me down, 10 seconds is enough for me to submit him.”

Davis is a 3-to-1 favorite in the fight. But Magalhaes, who comes in on a six-fight win streak of four submissions and a pair of knockouts since his most recent loss more than three years ago, plans to turn the odds – and his detractors – on their ears.

“I’m always on the Internet, and people are saying like, ‘Oh, it’s going to be a sloppy kickboxing match, and then Phil might get a takedown the last few seconds,’” he said. “That’s not how it’s going to go.”

For more on UFC 159, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie.com Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, MMAjunkie.com lead staff reporter John Morgan and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 4 days ago
  • 23 views

Vinny Magalhaes predicted to win his Titan FC debut inside the first three rounds, but he just missed his prediction by 36 seconds. Magalhaes, a former M-1 Global light heavyweight champion, claimed read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 0 views

Vinny Magalhaes takes on Jason Brilz for the Titan FC light heavyweight championship Friday night in Cedar Park, Texas, but he’s not focusing on the belt before stepping inside the cage for Titan FC read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 26 views

Sounds like Glover Teixeira is aware of what can happen on the scorecards when Phil Davis is in town. That's why the Brazilian is going to finish "Mr. Wonderful" at the UFC 179 pay-per-view (PPV) eve read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 108 views

In a clash of UFC vets, Vinny Magalhaes made a successful Titan FC debut and claimed the organization’s vacant light heavyweight title with a fourth-round submission victory over Jason Brilz.Filed un read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 9 views

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Glover Teixeira co-headlines UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 25, and he decided to change a few things for this training camp. Teixeira had his 20-fight win streak snappe read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 8 views

Vinny Magalhaes captured his first championship in a reputable MMA organization with a fourth-round submission of Jason Brilz in the Titan FC 30 headliner.Filed under: News read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 3 views

Jason Brilz doesn't know how to pull punches, and he intends to go straight at Vinny Magalhaes in their battle for the Titan FC light heavyweight championship. read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 views

He's held titles all around the world, he's not sweating his UFC debut. The former Bellator and Dream champ Eddie Alvarez, a veteran of nearly thirty MMA fights and an epic legal battle with Bjorn Re read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 4 views

NEW YORK/PORTLAND, Ore -- After his first round submission of Tim Boetsch at UFC 172 in Baltimore, MD this past April, Luke Rockhold, the number five middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championshi read news >>