Light heavyweight No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson dominated Alexander Gustafsson in impressive fashion back in January to earn himself a title shot against Jon Jones at UFC 187 for the now vacant UFC Light Heavyweight championship Title.
UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday on May 23rd 2015.
Bellator MMA signed sixth* ranked Light Heavyweight in the world, Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis (13-3, 1 NC), to an exclusive, multi-fight deal, who had this to say about his signing:
“I can’t wait to be fighting in Bellator and wreck shop on everyone. I am the absolute best and most dominant grappler to ever fight in MMA and I’m excited to get in there and compete at my new home.”
Born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Phil attended college close to home at Penn State University, where he became a four-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler for the Nittany Lions.
Davis had his first professional MMA fight in 2008 and accrued nine wins in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, including victories against the likes of Antônio Rogério Nogueira, Lyoto Machida, Alexander Gustafsson, Brian Stann and Glover Teixeira.
A member of Alliance MMA in San Diego, Calif., where he trains alongside Bellator stars like Michael Chandler and Joey Beltran, “Mr. Wonderful” joins the promotions Light Heavyweight division, which is currently upheld by British champion Liam McGeary.
“Phil is a world-class Mixed Martial Artist and we are very happy to be adding him to our roster of some of the best Light Heavyweights in the world,” said the promotion’s president, Scott Coker. “Bellator remains fully committed to building its world-class roster by signing top free agents like Davis, as well as grooming up-and-coming stars. We’ve got some amazing matchups in mind for ‘Mr. Wonderful’ that we will be announcing in the weeks to come.”
Bellator’s Light Heavyweight division is one of the deepest in the promotion, with stars like British champion Liam McGeary, Tito Ortiz, “King Mo” Lawal, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Emanuel Newton and Linton Vassell.
The UFC heads to the Tele2 Arena on Saturday for another huge stadium show in Stockholm, Sweden. Light heavyweight contenders Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson face off in the main event, with the winner on course for a title shot vs. Jon Jones. In the co-main event, MMA legend Dan Henderson returns to middleweight to face Gegard Mousasi, while Phil Davis and Ryan Bader engage in their own light heavyweight battle.
It was now time for the all important weigh-in’s to begin, all athlete’s, bar one made their scheduled contracted weight.
Stockholm, Sweden get ready for UFC on FOX 14.
Alexander Gustafsson (205 lbs) vs. Anthony Johnson (204 lbs)
Dan Henderson (185 lbs) vs. Gegard Mousasi (185 lbs)
Phil Davis (206 lbs) vs. Ryan Bader (205 lbs)
Akira Corassani (145 lbs) vs. Sam Sicilia (145 lbs)
Nico Musoke (171 lbs) vs. Albert Tumenov (170 lbs)
Kenny Robertson (170 lbs) vs. Sultan Aliev (170 lbs)
Andy Ogle (146 lbs) vs. Makwan Amirkhani (145 lbs)
Nikita Krylov (205 lbs) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (205 lbs)
UFC Fight Night 37 and all fighters officially weighed in today [Friday] in London. All fighters made weight without any second attempts.
Main Card Fights [BTSport, Channel 5 and UFC Fight Pass]
Alexander Gustafsson (204) vs. Jimi Manuwa (205)
Michael Johnson (155) vs. Melvin Guillard (156)
Brad Pickett (125) vs. Neil Seery (125)
Gunnar Nelson (170) vs. Omari Akhmedov (170)
Preliminary Fights [BTSport (Delayed viewing) and UFC Fight Pass]
Cyrille Diabate (205) vs. Ilir Latifi (205)
Luke Barnatt (186) vs. Mats Nilsson (184)
Brad Scott (186) vs. Claudio Henrique da Silva (185)
Davey Grant (136) vs. Roland Delorme (134)
Igor Araujo (171) vs. Danny Mitchell (170)
Phil Harris (125) vs. Louis Gaudinot (126)
UFC Fight Night 37 Start Times:
Preliminary Fights on UFC Fight Pass: 5.30 pm UK 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT
BTSports 7.30pm UK Only Delayed Viewing
Main Card on BTSports 7.30pm UK Only Channel 5 9.30pm UK only and UFC Fight Pass: 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m PT