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UFC stars Tyron Woodley and Phil Davis

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The UFC is celebrating Black History Month with a coast to coast tour that began in New York City and ends Friday here in Los Angeles. UFC stars Tyron Woodley and Phil Davis were on Good Day LA.

FOX Sports commentator Karyn Bryant says, "The purpose of the tour is to let young people know the merits of martial arts. You can transition into a career as a professional athlete. There are avenues for martial artists."

Fun facts about Phil Davis (Source: Wikipedia)

1.) Phil Davis is an American mixed martial artist who currently fights as a Light Heavyweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of January 17, 2014, he is #4 in official UFC light heavyweight rankings

2.) Davis was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his two older brothers, Jeffery and John. He began wrestling when he was in the eighth grade and then attended Harrisburg High School where he was a four-year team captain and letterman, with a 112-17 career record. Davis also lettered in tennis and cross-country. He then went on to wrestle for the Penn State Nittany Lions wrestling team, finishing in 5th place nationally in the 197 lb weight class as a junior in 2007 and then winning the (197 lbs) NCAA title in 2008. He finished with an overall wrestling record of 116–15 while at Penn State and was a four-time NCAA Division I All-American. After graduating from Penn State, he began training with the newly formed LionHeart MMA team, coached by Jeff Rockwell (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), TJ Turner (boxing), Mark Miller, (kickboxing/Muay Thai), Matt Kocher (wrestling/S&C) and Ryan Gruhn (Muay Thai) in State College, Pennsylvania.

3.) His primary training partners were Paul Bradley, Lou Armezzani and Jimy Hettes. He also trained with many visiting fighters such as Dave Herman, Shanon Slack, Dominick Cruz, Jon Jones and Cain Velasquez. When the LionHeart team disbanded in 2009, Davis moved to San Diego, California to continue his training with Alliance MMA. Davis earned his blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Lloyd Irvin in 2009. In 2009 he won the No Gi Grappling World Jiu-Jitsu Championship as a blue belt in the 221 lbs, Super Heavyweight division. Davis began his professional mixed martial arts career in 2008, compiling a record of 4–0 in regional promotions across the United States.

Fun facts about Tyron Woodley (Source: Wikipedia)

1.) Tyron Woodley is an American mixed martial artist and a former amateur wrestler for the University of Missouri. He is currently signed to a deal with the UFC, and formerly competed for Strikeforce. As of January 17, 2014, he is #10 in official UFC welterweight rankings

2.) Tyron was born and raised in Ferguson, Missouri, an area a few miles from St. Louis, Missouri. He was born eleventh of the thirteen Woodley children to Sylvester and Deborah Woodley. He was raised by his mother after his father left early in his life. In high school he was on the honor roll every term, received All-Conference honors in football, was a two-time state finalist in wrestling finishing 48-0 and winning a state title.

3.) After graduating from McCluer High School in 2000, he had offers from Nebraska, Northern Iowa, and Missouri. After going on his recruiting visit to Nebraska, he had verbally committed but later discovered Nebraska's head wrestling coach was forced to resign. He decided he would attend Mizzou and help rebuild the wrestling team. Tyron Woodley graduated from Mizzou in 2005 with a major in Agricultural Economics. He is a teammate of Current MMA fighter and 2008 Olympian Ben Askren.

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