UFCThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts organization, recognized as the largest MMA promotion in the world. The UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada and is owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC. This promotion is responsible for solidifying the sport's postion in the history-books.
UFC is currently undergoing a remarkable surge in popularity, along with greater mainstream media coverage. UFC programming can now be seen on FOX, FX, and FUEL TV in the United States, as well as in 35 other countries worldwide.
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 MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) 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.
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.