Phil Davis Defeats Lyoto Machida in Rematch, Wants Title Shot Against Nemkov

Giancarlo Aulino
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Saturday, September 12, 2020

Six years after their first bout, former Bellator Light-Heavyweight Champion Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida went the distance and their bout once again went to the judges’ scorecards. The judges scored the fight in favour of Davis, giving him the split-decision and likely a title shot at reigning Bellator Light-Heavyweight Champion Vadim Nemkov.

Davis performed well in the fight and at times was using Machida’s own gameplan of baiting his opponent in before connecting with counter strikes against him and it paid off in the end as Machida was not able to throw a crane kick like he did against Chael Sonnen.

With the win, Davis now extends his winning streak to 3, with his last loss coming against Nemkov via split-decision. Davis alluded to his close back-and-forth fight with Nemkov compared to how Bader fared as an argument for why he deserves a title shot and rematch with Nemkov.

During his post-fight media availability, Davis mentioned that he believes Nemokov would want a rematch with him:

“I feel like he (Nemkov) can fight whoever he wants to fight, but I know deep down inside the champion wants to fight the guy who was right on his ass.” Davis then added “I want that fight and I know he wants that fight.”


Another potential opponent that was brought up on the broadcast was Corey Anderson, who recently signed with the promotion following his release from the UFC. Davis vs Anderson would be an intriguing fight and one that could serve as a title-eliminator should Nemkov not be able to defend his championship for the time being.



Who would you like to see Phil Davis fight next? Should he get a title shot and rematch with Vadim Nemkov?




Photo Credit: Bellator MMA