Davis is easily my favorite fighter in the division and I still think his raw talent and athleticism is incredible. The way he's tooled guys like Gustaf and Boetsch is quite impressive and his last fight was a ragdolling.
He didn't match up well with the #2 LHW in the world .. so what? Styles make fights and he's still a major threat style wise to Jones. He's 6-1 in the UFC, NCAA Div-I wrestling champ, World Jiu Jitsu Blue belt champ, and ONLY 28.
Am I the only one who thought Davi's stand up looked improved? He looked more composed standing and his strikes were looser. His head kicks were thrown well. Needs more hard sparring to start getting that timing down but it looked better.
What he really needs to start working on is transferring from striking to takedowns. That's his real weakness.
Yes he did, and that gives me great hope. If he manages to get to like Rashad or even Bader level in striking, I think he'd be able to threaten enough to set up his grappling more, like a LHW GSP. I see similarities between his explosive takedowns and control with GSP.
Davis will never fight for the title... He will never get by the likes of Machida, Evans, Chael or even Hendo...
Machida and Evans are tough at his current level, but he continues to improve.
Chael and Hendo he would absolutely wipe the floor with. Davis is an even better wrestler than Chael, far more explosive, faster, athletic, younger and MUCH bigger. Chael wouldn't stand a chance grappling with this guy, name one wrestler of this level Chael has beaten? And doesn't Chael get submitted by practically every second guy with half a BJJ belt?
Hendo has zero cardio and bad TDD for a wrestler. All Davis has to do is stall and sap Hendo for a round or two, which he has shown to be good at, and Hendo would be putty in the later rounds.