Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado official for August's UFC on FOX 4 event
A light heavyweight matchup between top prospect Phil Davis (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and promotional newcomer Wagner Prado (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is now official for UFC on FOX 4.
Davis was originally expected to face Chad Griggs on the card, but "The Grave Digger" was forced to withdraw due to injury.
) in May reported the switch, and UFC officials recently confirmed the new matchup.
Featuring a main event between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Brandon Vera, UFC on FOX 4 takes place Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The main card airs on FOX, while prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV and stream on Facebook.
Davis vs. Prado takes place in the preliminary portion of the card.
Prado brings an undefeated resume to the octagon with five of his seven wins coming in the first round. A member of Team Nogueira, he has been a regular on the Brazilian MMA scene, and UFC on FOX 4 serves as his first big-show experience.
Welcoming him is Davis, who most recently suffered his first professional setback with a decision loss to Rashad Evans at UFC on FOX 2. The former NCAA champ was for the first time in his octagon career unable to dominate with his wrestling and was outstruck in the standup portion of the fight.
Prior to that, Davis had marched through the 205-pound division with five straight wins over such opponents as Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, Tim Boetsch and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.