If Alexis Davis fought Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight title, it could be like her whole town is watching.
Davis (Twitter: @AlexisDavisMMA) hails from Port Colborne, Ontario. The town of Port Colborne is on the north shore of Fort Erie, has hovered around a population of 18,000 people since 1991, and is known as a retirement community with nice beaches and good fishing, not for its MMA.
Davis joined one of the few martial arts gyms in her locale that specialized in jiu-jitsu, where she became a member of the Dayboll Jiu-Jitsu and Fitness Academy. The Japanese and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt excelled in in the art and competed at the highest levels before transferring to MMA.
After stockpiling an ample amount of victories, Davis headed south and then west to train with some of the sport’s top fighters — and one well-notarized trainer.
“I followed my instructor down there,” Davis told Jason Kelly and Joe Rizzo on MMA DieHards Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network. “We went down to Florida; I had the opportunity to train with (Pablo) Popovitch. Then down at The Armoury, it was Edson Barboza and Marlon Moraes. Then we were kind of going through a transition period (and) I moved out to California. And I’m here now under Cesar (Gracie).”
Under Gracie’s wing, Davis competed three times in Strikeforce and twice in Invicta FC, losing only once. In fact, Davis’ five career blemishes have come against the highly regarded Tara LaRosa, Shayna Baszler, Elaina Maxwell and Sarah Kaufman (twice). In her 13 wins, Davis has finished nine opponents.
Davis’ winning ways and exciting bouts, coupled with an existing Zuffa contract from fighting under the Strikeforce banner, garnered the Canadian employment with the world’s premiere MMA organization.
“At first, (the UFC) called me and said they were bringing everybody over,” Davis said. “(They said), ‘You have a Zuffa contract and we’re going to bring you over on that, we’re just slowly making our rounds, through.’ I was kind of pumped, but didn’t quite believe it yet. Then we went and signed a new contract and that’s signed and put forth now.”
Same as a standard contract offered to male combatants, Davis signed a four-fight UFC deal. She is currently awaiting an opponent for her debut. With limited options in the depth for the UFC women’s bantamweight (135-pound) division, Davis sees just one suitable contest.
“It’s something I would take in a heartbeat,” Davis said. “I said from the very beginning that when they said no one would fight Rousey, I said I would fight her. I’m dying for that shot. It’s something hopefully that’s soon to come, (but) it’s in the hands of them. We (have) to wait for the UFC.”
That patience is a virtue is a reality Davis may soon have to swallow. UFC president Dana White hinted at the fact that the victor of Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano could receive the next chance to compete against Rousey for her strap.
That idea doesn’t sit well with Davis.
“It kills me that he said that,” Davis said. “I’d be more than willing to wait a couple of months if I was told I would get that shot. If it came down to, you know, (they) want to give Ronda a couple months’ break, I would wait for that shot. I would rather fight her than anyone else at this point because, you know, you risk getting injured or hurt, if not in the fight, then in training. I really hope — and I am pushing for — that fight.”
A fight against Rousey would attract an incredible amount of attention and draw a large crowd. Given the right venue, Davis could compete for the UFC women’s bantamweight title in front of a live audience with as many people as the population of the town she was raised in.
A title match with 18,000 onlookers is all it would take and Davis would feel right at home.