Vinny Magalhaes: “Phil Davis isn’t good on the ground nor standing up”

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Vinny in ADCC 2011, when he defeated Fabrício Werdum and was the champion. Photo: Daren Bartlett/GracieMag

The UFC 159 in New Jersey, on April 27 promises great moments. Besides Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen for the light heavyweight belt, and Michael Bisping against Alan Belcher, another awaited battle brings Vinny “Pezão” Magalhaes against his biggest challenge, Phil Davis.

Since the fight was scheduled, the athletes maintained a constant exchange of taunts on Twitter, ranging from criticism of the fighting style to ironic nicknames. In an interview with UFC, Vinny reaffirmed that he sees no threats in Davis’ fighting style.

“He isn’t good on the ground. He thinks he is because he defeated guys who don’t know how to fight on the ground. Moreover, he also can’t fight stranding up. Whenever he gets punched, he rushes to take the opponent down,” said the black belt from Gracie Tijuca.

For Vinny, the greatest weapon of Davis is precisely the key to punish him.

“He is a great wrestler, but I don’t care. Will he bring me down? Ok, take me to my territory. With him on his back, or even if I’m with my back on the ground, I’ll submit him,” said the ADCC 2011 champion over 99kg.

How about you, dear reader? Do you think the Brazilian will really defeat the tough Phil Davis? Check out the interview with the ace Vinny Pezão to UFC.

UFC 159
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
April 27, 2013

Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen

Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher

Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson

Vinny Magalhães vs. Phil Davis

Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy

Preliminary card

Erik Perez vs. Johny Bedford

GIan Villante vs. Ovince St-Preux

Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff

Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros

Cody Mackenzie vs. Leonard Garcia

Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Proctor

Nick Catone vs. James Head

Steven Siler vs. Kurt Holobaugh


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