January 26, 2012
CHICAGO — Comparing Phil Davis to Jon Jones has always been inevitable.
The light heavyweights are two of the most athletic fighters to ever transition to the octagon from heralded amateur wrestling careers. Neither Jones nor Davis has ever truly lost a fight in mixed martial arts.
At this point, most assume Jones, the 24-year old UFC champion, is a tad ahead of Davis, the 27-year old ranked in the 205-pound division’s top five, in every fighting category. Davis may have Jones beaten, however, in a peripheral are — dealing with the pressure of pre-fight animosity.