CHICAGO -- Rashad Evans and Phil Davis
will determine on Saturday night which one of them is the better mixed martial artist. But they had a spirited discussion on Thursday afternoon about which one of them is the better wrestler.
On the surface, that wouldn't seem to be a close comparison: Both were college wrestlers, but Evans was merely a pretty good wrestler at Michigan State. Davis was a great wrestler, winning the NCAA championship his senior year and coming in second, fifth and seventh in the nation in his other three years.
However, Evans insisted in interviews this week that he's a better wrestler than Davis, prompting a colorful exchange.
"Cocaine's a hell of a drug," Davis said when first told that Evans had claimed to be a better wrestler. "It's crazy what the kids do nowadays. I encourage imagination and it's good that he has that, but no. He'll never beat me in wrestling. Not thumb wrestling. Not anything of the sort."
Evans, however, insisted that Davis merely used his physical strength to win wrestling matches, while Evans had superior technique.
"If I wrestled you in college I guarantee I would beat you," Evans said. "If we wrestled right now I guarantee I would beat you. Your technique is trash. You won a college championship off junk. You could not win on an international level because you have trash technique."
That prompted a brief exchange between the two, which UFC
President Dana White ultimately ended:
Davis: "What have you been watching?"
Evans: "I watched you wrestle in college. It was trash."
White: "Next question, please."
The next question between Davis and Evans -- which one of them is the better fighter? -- will be answered on Saturday night.