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    UFC contender Phil Davis taking time off to improve, plans to fight by year's end |

    by Steven Marrocco on Apr 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm ET
    To the naysayers who've said he isn't the future of the light-heavyweight division, Phil Davis has something to say.

    Did you think of that one on your own, or did you need help?

    "So I'm not the best in the world," Davis (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) recently told (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | "Guess what. I will be one day."

    Less-than-stellar feedback on his most recent performance and a series of nagging injuries have prompted Davis to realign his priorities. Improving his skills is now the most important part of his career.

    "I really want to make some huge gains inside the gym before I step back in," he said.

    Davis used his stock and trade of wrestling to outpoint Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 24. But in doing so, he failed to fulfill the hopes of many who sought to crown the next contender to Jon Jones' title. The overall feedback was that Davis wouldn't be ready any time soon for contendership.

    But the former NCAA Division I wrestling champion said critics who say he isn't all that haven't been listening to him. With fewer than three years in the fight game and a schedule that's left him little time to hone his craft, Davis is the first guy to say he needs work.

    "I've admitted: Yeah, I'm green," Davis joked. "I don't know what I'm doing, guys. You got me."
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    LOL, I like Davis and he IS a future beast in the UFC
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    Great idea. He can still wins fights and contend for the title now but needs to improve in all areas, mainly his striking. He needs to stay in the gym and really focus on gaining new skills and strengthening his weaknesses and strong points. He will also need to get to another level to really beat the top tier lhw's. He would be able to become a better finisher as well.

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    He just needs a world class striking coach, thats his main lacking point. I'm glad he isnt too high on himself and admits that he needs work. That's the spirit of a true competitor right there. Look forward to seeing his return, just wish it wasnt estimated at so far away, but I'm sure it will be well worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DayneFS View Post
    I can't wait to see what he can do when he gets back. He has all the potential to be a great and I believe he will be.

    Just think, thiago silva is doing the same thing. Even if jones does get through guys like machida, evans, rampage, a year or so from now he will have a couple more good contenders.

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    I want to see him do well. Hopefully he trains JuJitsu more and more so he can continue to finish his opponents. I dont know how good his hands will ever get, but his grappling game is already great. Dont know about his bottom game though.
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    gotta love his attitude! great approach after a very big win. i agree with hilbilly that his striking needs improvement out if everything, but even it is coming along. i much look forward to seeing mr wonderful in action again.

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    I think with alot of theese wrestlers getting critisized for not finishing fights has nothing to do with how green they are or their lack of knowlage/technique in theese areas.

    I think it boils down to it being where they are most comfortable and relying on whats winning, Their lack of taking chance is all it is all theese guys could finish a fight with a sub or a big blow at any moment they just dont seize the moment when its there.
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