Davis was a four-time All-American and 2008 Division I national champion at Penn State. He finished his amateur wrestling days with a 116-20 career record and won the national championship at 197 pounds. Those are very impressive stats and awards. However, the most impressive thing about Davis besides his UFC debut against Brian Stann is his attitude.
My college baseball coach had this saying that he would often use as his 'thougth for the day' before practice. It went something like this. "Your attitude determines your altitude". I have to say that Phil Davis is saying all the right things thus far. He also has some charisma if you've seen any of his post fight interviews. He said the following:
I'm honored first to be in the UFC and also to be on the televised portion..so furthermore it's an honor and I'm so happy to be here. I'm just blessed.
When asked about what he needs to go back and work on after his successful victory over the former WEC Light Heavyweight champion. Davis stated:
Oh, I've got a lot to work on man. Ya know, a lot of people say your ground control was so good. In my mind, to have the kind of ground control I had without a finish...shows that I needed a lot of work. So that's #1 I gotta get better working for more finishes...working more jiu-jitsu...work on some more wrestling...I say wrestling because if I get beat at wrestling, it's going to be a long night. I need to work on my stand up, I need to work on everything. I want to be all around pretty good.
His humbleness and humlity remind me of Jon Jones and it's great to see two young guys in the sport with such maturity.