Phil Davis vs. Jason Brilz likely for UFC 129Posted on February 16, 2011, 07:14 PM by Joey Santosus
A Light Heavyweight bout between Phil Davis and Jason Brilz is reportedly in the works for UFC 129 and is expected to be finalized before long.
Davis' participation in the event was in question when his opponent, Matt Hamill, was instead matched with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 130. However, with Brilz stepping in as a replacement, the rising young prospect will remain on the April card after all.
Brilz (18-3-1) was last seen in action at UFC 114, when he stepped in on short notice to face a heavily favored Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. After controlling the Pride veteran for much of the bout, many expected Brilz to walk away with a decision victory. However, after the the scorecards were read, it was Nogueira who got the nod, winning a controversial split-decision. In the months following, Brilz was forced out of a bout with Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 122 due to a back injury and has been sidelined since.
Davis, meanwhile, remains undefeated since signing with the UFC last year and is considered one of the division's most promising prospects. In his latest outing at UFC 123, Davis (8-0) submitted Tim Boetsch using what appeared to be a modified kimura, securing his fourth straight victory with the promotion, along with a submission of the night bonus. The Division I wrestler has also claimed victories over Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, and Rodney Wallace.
UFC 129 is set for April 29th from the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The stacked card will be headlined by a Welterweight title clash between division Champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger Jake Shields, while the co-main event will feature Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo defending against Canada's own Mark Hominick.