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imrik32 12-17-2009 03:16 PM

UFC signs NCAA champ Phil Davis

The Ultimate Fighting Championship deepened its light heavyweight division with the recent signing of former NCAA Division I national wrestling champion Phil Davis (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

Davis' management team today announced the signing, though terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Teammate Brandon Vera first announced Davis' signing via Twitter on Tuesday, though Chad Dubin of LionHeart Management told ( a promotional debut date for the 25-year-old fighter has not been determined.

Davis turned pro in 2008 after emerging as a four-time All-American and 2008 Division I national champion at Penn State. His116-20 career record included a 26-1 mark in his senior year, when he won the national championship at 197 pounds.

"After college, when I decided to start training MMA, it was to become the best fighter in the world," Davis stated. "Fighting for the UFC will enable me to ... accomplish that goal. Training and fighting is my life now, and I take this very seriously."

During just 14 months of pro MMA competition, Davis has posted a 4-0 record. The past three victories, which came in organizations such as Palace Fighting Championships and Ultimate Warrior Challenge, have all come via first-round stoppages.

The Pennsylvania native currently trains at the Alliance Training Center in San Diego and the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif.
I'm pretty excited for this. I've seen Phil Davis and he's big as hell for 205, I thought he was HW until this article.

Nefilim777 12-17-2009 04:36 PM

Additions are always welcome, I'd be interested to see who he's set to fight first though...

ZENKI1 12-17-2009 04:36 PM

How long before UFC starts promoting new faces to pick up boxing and jits on the side while doing college and highschool wrestling and then mma afterwards? I think doing so could open up a form of a draft. Where UFC drafts would get there chance on Tuff or smaller Zuffa owned leagues such as WEC or maybe buy MFC or work out a deal with them to sign these fighters like a minor league.. SOmething like this would do a day and night difference for the sport in legitimizing it as a true national sport.

420atalon 12-17-2009 04:53 PM

This guy has the potential to be great.

His wrestling is top notch almost GSP like in the way he can pass guard and then hold a guy down even from bad positions.

His striking isn't half bad either.

It will be really interesting to see who he fights first and how the fight goes.

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