Phil Davis Explains The Rationale Behind His Strange Call-Out Of Anderson Silva

The one thing the entire MMA community can agree on following UFC 179 is that light heavyweight Phil Davis calling out returning middleweight Anderson Silva makes no sense.

Silva is a full weight class below Davis and the two have never tangled before.

Now, we are finally getting some answers about just what Davis was thinking.

In a recent interview with, Davis (9-2) said that he didn’t intend on calling Silva out after being Glover Teixeira on Saturday’s card, but that there was some logic behind it.

“All the questions around the open workout were centered around me being the ‘Brazilian Killer,'” said the 30-year-old American. “I don’t know if I’d call myself a killer, but at the same time, that would complete my trifecta of Brazilian fighters.”

It’s clear that Davis was referring to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Lyoto Machida, who he also beat by decision in Brazil. However unlikely, a win against Silva would complete his Brazilian dominance.

“One of the absolute best Brazilian fighters, and one of the absolute best fighters there is,” Davis said, later adding, “Why not? He’s an amazing fighter.”

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