Take one look at the UFC rankings and they may upset you forever. That’s what happened to UFC 163’s Phil Davis one time, and he hasn’t looked back since.
The light heavyweight said Thursday on a media conference call that he once glanced at the rankings, but was so let down by what he saw that he never returned to see them again.
“I don’t really know where I fit in,” Davis told reporters when asked where he thinks he fits into the 205-pound rankings. “I looked at the rankings once. I was disappointed and I never looked at them again.”
That’s OK, Phil. We’ll take a look at them for you.
A quick glance at the UFC’s official rankings page at the time of this publication shows Davis is ranked No. 8 among the promotion’s 205-pound elite, just ahead of Gegard Mousasi and one notch behind Shogun Rua. Notably, Davis is also ranked behind Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (No. 5) and Alexander Gustafsson (No. 2), both of whom he has beaten.
Perhaps it was these items — or maybe countless others — that have swayed “Mr. Wonderful” away from the not-so-wonderful rankings.
But who’s paying attention to those things anyway? I mean, apart from most fans. Well, UFC President Dana White isn’t.
The UFC boss has said publicly in the past that rankings will not make the final decision on whom he feels should be in line for a title shot. That’s clearly evident with who light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is facing next.
No matter, though, according to Davis. He’s confident results will outweigh rankings.
“If I get a finish, it’ll get me further along much more than a win or a loss will,” he said.