Phil Davis, "Mr. Wonderful", has been airing his grievance that he deserves a title shot. Victories over Machida, Lil Nog and Alexander Gustafsson support his argument. His defeat from Rashad Evans indicates that he may need some development before a title shot. Can Phil Davis wrestle with Jon Jones?
The fact that Davis compares Jon Jones to "gingerbread" shows that he may be overlooking a dangerous opponent in Anthony "Rumble" Johnson. In his last five wins, Johnson owns three impressive knockouts. Johnson has serious power at light heavyweight. Certainly, he has more striking power than "Mr. Wonderful". Johnson was able to outstrike a fairly technical, yet chiny, Andrei Arlovski.
Does Phil Davis have the striking defense to survive Rumble's power? Possibly. Phil was able to survive against Lyoto Machida by not rushing in on his strikes. He kept good posture and never had his head too stationary, or out of place, for Machida to land his devastating counters. Johnson is a much more aggressive striker than Machida. WIll Phil be able to use his kicks and the clinch to keep this fight out of "phone booth range?"
Given Anthony Johnson's thunderous power, and the fact that Phil Davis is petitioning for a title shot, is there a chance that Rumble beats Mr. Wonderful?