UFC 153 fight card primer: Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado

The second bout of the UFC 153 main card is a rematch between two men that fought for just 88 seconds the last time…

By: Tim Burke | 11 years ago
UFC 153 fight card primer: Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
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The second bout of the UFC 153 main card is a rematch between two men that fought for just 88 seconds the last time they engaged. An eyepoke led to the end of the bout, which was ruled a no-contest, and the two light heavyweight combatants are back in the cage just over two months later to finish what they started back in Los Angeles. Wrestling star Phil Davis (9-1, 1 NC, 5-1, 1 NC UFC) takes on Brazilian striker Wagner Prado (8-0, 1 NC, 0-0, 1 NC UFC).

Davis currently sits in the number 6 position in the Bloody Elbow MMA rankings, while Prado is currently unranked. The bout can be viewed on the pay per view portion of the UFC 153 card, which starts at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

How do these two stack up?

Davis: 28 years old | 6’2″ | 79″ reach
Prado: 24 years old | 6’0″ | 74″ reach

What have these two done recently?

Davis: NC – Wagner Prado | L – Rashad Evans (UD) W – Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (UD)
Prado: NC – Phil Davis | W – Aldo Sultao (KO) | W – Wellington Rodriguez (TKO)

How did these two get here?

Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis was a four-time All American and national championship-winning wrestler at Penn State before making the transition to MMA. He quickly rose through the ranks of the UFC light heavyweight division, defeating such names as Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, Tim Boetsch , and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira before meeting former champion Rashad Evans at UFC on Fox 2. Evans shut down his game and halted the prospect’s rising status by taking a unanimous decision win. Davis returned with a bout against Prado, but it went to a no-contest due to the eyepoke. The two men will renew hostilities in Brazil tonight.

Wagner “Calderiao” Prado is a Team Nogueira disciple known for his vicious muay thai. Three years of MMA fights in Brazil produced seven knockouts in eight victories, and he was invited to compete in the UFC as a late replacement for Chad Griggs to face off with Davis. His debut didn’t last long, but he looked good in the amount of time he did have in the cage and his return in Brazil should give him some added motivation.

Why should you care?

The first bout between the two was very short, but looked to be shaping up as interesting. This rematch should be interesting as well.

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Minotauro Nogueira vs. Dave Herman Dissection – Dallas Winston

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Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva Dissection – Dallas Winston

Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado Dissection – Dallas Winston

Demian Maia vs. Rick Story Dissection – Dallas Winston

FX prelim card previews – Fraser Coffeen

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Can Bonnar make his name against Silva? – Fraser Coffeen

Erick Silva discusses Jon Fitch – Tim Burke

Anderson Silva: 5 signature moves – Jack Slack

Video: Countdown to UFC 153

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