I don't think davis has improved one bit since the rashad fight in fact I think that fight made him worse. Actually it was chael who said that he wouldn't mind fighting davis, yesterdays post fight media scrum with dana someone brought this up to dana who said oh hmm thats interesting i dont know the fight could happen.
He didn't sound too keen, so again there is no proof he turned down anything. And if sonnen loses why would he admit he is overrated? he's a 185er and I never said he was top 5 at lhw so there is nothing to overrate if he loses anyways.
If he had lost to shogun I would have said I overestimated chael though, but alas that was too easy a fight to pick and I couldn't believe people actually picked shogun only for them to not give chael credit or anything when the result was official. I'm the last person to not admit he was wrong about something I don't care if i'm wrong i'm wrong.
I picked the easy win for Chael over Shogun as well so there must be others you're implying changed their tune after the win.
Davis has improved his striking and defense a bit, it was evident against Magalhaes, though Magalhaes is certainly no judging stick. He also didn't panic after getting hit by Machida, that aspect was much better than his fight with Rogerio. He kept his guard up, moved logically instead of blind panic, dodged and countered occasionally.
It would be his striking that would come into play against Sonnen. Sonnen and Davis' wrestling would essentially cancel each other out ... not only is Davis an equally accomplished wrestler he is also far bigger and is built like a greek statue.
Believe it or not, I'd give Davis the edge in the striking. Chael has shown absolutely nothing on the feet in his entire career except for his one crowning glory punch that caused Anderson to lose balance. Davis could probably outpoint him with some ugly striking and maybe a couple of takedowns.
Add pre jones Rashad to the list of motivated BJ and the rest.
lol yes, let's add pre-geriatric Chuck, pre-depression overweight Filho and pre-death Tanner to that list as well. People and their excuses I tell ya.
Everyone knows fighters don't change based on .. oh ... life. As long as the name on the sher-dawg win column is the same, it's the same thing duh.