Now that the UFC has confirmed light heavyweight champ Jon Jones will defend his title on April 21 against rival Rashad Evans, breakdowns of the bout have already started springing up. One person with a relevant opinion on the match-up is Phil Davis who Evans outpointed in late January at UFC on FOX 2 to earn his shot at Jones’ belt.

Davis recently served as a guest on Inside MMA where he offered up his thoughts on the UFC 145 headliner between Jones-Evans where he appeared torn on the matter.

“Part of me wants to say I don’t think he will win, but honestly, I think I’m rootin’ for Rashad,” said the conflicted Davis.

“I pretty much have to, because I lost to him. So, at this point, I’m gonna say he’s gonna win,” he concluded with a smile.

Though the endorsement is far from encouraging it at least means someone outside of Evans camp has given him the nod. Davis’ loss to Evans was the first of his career, dropping his record to 9-1 overall.

No word was mentioned in terms of when “Mr. Wonderful” hopes to return to the Octagon.


MMATraining Take: I enjoyed Davis’ take on Evans-Jones simply because it shows he’s a “real” person. He wants the guy who beat him to beat the champion too, and truly, what sports fan or athlete hasn’t felt that way before; that you were taken out by the best?