At UFC 179, elite light heavyweight Phil Daivs rebounded from the beating he took at UFC 172 to score a major win over former title challenger Glover Teixeira. Davis dominated Teixeira with a suffocating ground game and solid striking.

Following the win, Davis did something no one expected as he called out former UFC middleweight kingpin and living legend Anderson Silva.
While the callout came out of left field, when you step back and think about it, the fight would make a lot of sense for Davis.

Davis is one fight removed from being dominated by Anthony Johnson at UFC 172, and that loss put a lot of distance between him and a potential title shot. This win over Teixeira has put him back on track, but if he wants to compete for the UFC light heavyweight title he needs a signature win to hang his hat on.

Defeating a fighter of Silva’s stature would not only give him that signature win, but it would move him right to the front of the line for a shot at Jon Jones’ title.

Granted, Silva is coming off of a devastating injury and he has spent the majority of his career fighting at a lighter weight class than Davis, but none of that would affect how a potential win over Silva would be viewed.

Silva is the ultimate golden ticket in the world of MMA; a win over Silva means you are elite. If Davis were to beat Silva, his stock would skyrocket and he would be viewed as a Brazilian giant killer, already holding wins over Lyoto Machida and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

The fight really doesn’t make sense for Silva, but you have to applaud Davis for calling out legend and wanting to challenge himself against the best competition in the world.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.