SAN JOSE, Calif. – Phil Davis is again within the win column, and he’s happy with the efficiency that acquired him there.
A former mild heavyweight champion, Davis (23-6 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) defeated former UFC middleweight title challenger Yoel Romero (13-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) by cut up choice Saturday at Bellator 266.
“I’m very exhausted,” Davis advised MMA Junkie at a post-fight information convention. “It’s weird. (Romero) sets an interesting tempo. He has lots of movement, lots of feints, everything power. My boxing coach would always say, ‘You’ve got to take some punches just to keep him honest.’ Nothing keeps you honest. He’s all power, all business.”
The first half of the struggle was aggressive, although at occasions the motion stalled. The tempo was usually arrhythmic with Romero transferring oddly earlier than he’d explode right into a lone strike or mixture. As the clock wound down in Round 2, Davis determined it was time to resort to his wrestling – an space of the battle that struggle followers anticipated coming into the bout.
“I saw he was super sweaty, and I was like, ‘Man, I might have missed my window,’” Davis mentioned. “That was one of my takeaways from the Nemkov fight. I went to wrestling too late in the fight, and we were both way too sweaty. I saw that and I was like, ‘Alright, it’s going to have to be the perfect shot to really penetrate and get in deep on a guy like that.’ He has hips for days. He’s very athletic and turns his hips. He’ll get out of any bad shots, so I really had to make sure I got it good.”
Despite being from California, Davis wasn’t the principle occasion fighter who acquired the loudest cheers upon the walkouts. But by the top, the followers applauded his profitable efforts in an unusually paced matchup.
“It’s been a while since I had one of those, not since competing down in Brazil three times or being a wrestler and wrestling at Carver Hawkeye Arena,” Davis mentioned. “Not too often do I hear everybody cheering for the other guy. It was good to be the bad guy for a while.”
Check out Davis’ full post-fight information convention within the video above.