Show to Take Place on August 6th at Wells Fargo Center
For the first time since UFC 101 in 2009, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday, August 6th, with former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans (20-1-1) taking on unbeaten Paul Davis (9-0) in the main event. The show, which will be hosted at the Wells Fargo Center, marks just the second time that the UFC has planted its roots in Philadelphia.
“The last time we were in Philly, the fans were incredible, so we are excited to head back there with a card that features three former world champions,” UFC President Dana White stated. “Phil is undefeated at 9-0 and has never been more motivated for a fight, and he wants to prove that he belongs atop the light heavyweight division. Rashad is on fire. He wants his title back so badly he can taste it, but he knows before he can get his title shot, he has to get through Phil. He wants to win and he wants to win impressively. This is a great fight.”
Evans, who was the winner in the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, has just one loss in 22 professional fights and has been victorious in his last two outings, unanimous decision wins over Quinton Jackson and Thiago Silva. He has spent nearly his entire career in the UFC, winning the light heavyweight crown by recording a TKO stoppage over Forrest Griffin in 2008. However, his reign as champion would be short-lived, as the Florida native was finished in the second round by Lyoto Machida in his first title defense the following May.
“My road back to the title continues in Philadelphia against Phil Davis, and I expect this to be one of the best fights of the year,” Evans remarked. “Phil is on the rise in this sport, and it’s my job to put an end to that. He’s a former national champion wrestler, and he’s been impressive thus far in the UFC, but my experience in big fights gives me the edge. I want another shot at the belt, and I’ve got to beat Phil to earn it.”
Evans won a Division 1 National Championship when he wrestled collegiately at Penn State University, and the Harrisburg native turned to professional mixed martial arts in 2008. He has been perfect thus far in his career, registering five stoppages and four decisions on his resume. With that early success, he now eyes his biggest challenge to date when he faces a former champion in Evans.
“I’m definitely glad to be back in Pennsylvania for the biggest fight of my life,” Davis said. “It’s going to be good to be able to fight in front of all my family and friends. I feel like I can take this fight wherever I want. I can wrestle with Rashad, I can strike with him, and I feel confident wherever this fight goes. Rashad Evans is the most dangerous opponent I’ve ever faced, but I don’t think for a minute that I’m outmatched. I’m going to take care of this fight and do whatever I have to do to beat Rashad.”
Other matches on the main card for this show include a light heavyweight pairing of former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, in addition to former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion facing Japanese standout Yoshihiro Akiyama. Tickets for the event are on sale now, and fans can get them by visiting www.ComcastTix.com.