UFC 159 features a classic wrestler vs. jiu-jitsu fight when Brazilian Vinny Magalhaes takes on Phil Davis. Magalhaes is a jiu-jitsu black belt under the famed Royler Gracie and medaled in both the 2009 and 2011 ADCC Submission World Wrestling Championships. Phil Davis won a 2008 NCAA title wrestling for Penn State and was a four-time All-American.
Although both have accomplished success at different high levels of grappling, on Saturday they fight in the Octagon as mixed martial artists and Magalhaes believes in a fight, the advantage is his:
"I feel there's so many different ways that I can win this fight," he said. "It's not that it's an easy fight. Phil is a great athlete. There's a reason why he's No. 8 in the official rankings. There's a reason why people think it's such a mismatch. He's a great athlete. But there's so many holes in his game, and I feel like his game is the perfect style for me. If he takes me down, 10 seconds is enough for me to submit him."
Davis is a 3-to-1 favorite in the fight. But Magalhaes, who comes in on a six-fight win streak of four submissions and a pair of knockouts since his most recent loss more than three years ago, plans to turn the odds – and his detractors – on their ears.
"I'm always on the Internet, and people are saying like, 'Oh, it's going to be a sloppy kickboxing match, and then Phil might get a takedown the last few seconds,'" he said. "That's not how it's going to go."
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