Alexis Davis

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.

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8 Responses to “Alexis Davis: ‘I’m dying for that shot’ against Rousey”

  1. BONE
    March 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Davis is BJJ Black Belt. The “Cat” and “Cupcake” are wrestlers that can’t defend Rousey’s subs.

  2. Jimbo
    March 4, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    She kinda needs a win over Kaufman before she gets a titleshot…

  3. William
    March 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    The best person to fight Ronda Rousey at this time is Sarah McMann or, possibly Cat Zingano. Not only is Cat aggressive and skilled, she’s downright mean in the cage too. I’ve seen Alexis Davis fight–she’s too much of a stand up puncher. Let her fight Veronica Rothlenhousler and see which one knocks the other out first.

  4. Holly
    March 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Davis is an all around MMA fighter with a black belt in Bjj….watched all of her FIghts and she does what needs to b done 2 win….can she beat ROUSEY….you bet……that choke CARMOUCHE tried on Ronda would have been her demise had it been Davis….Ronda only demonstrated that she has in fact chinks in her armor , let’s let Davis fight….!

  5. sam
    March 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Alexis would NOT need to fight Kaufmann to get a title shot, Kaufmann had the chance at the title and lost. As far as Mcmann and Zingano, neither of them have fought for SF or Zuffa. They need to earn their time in the Octagon before getting the title shot. Both Cat and Sara need a fight BEFORE getting in there w the title holder. Alexis has fought two back to back top 10 fighters AND SUBBED BOTH! She is NOT a “stand up” fighter. Seven (7) OF HER `13 WINS COME VIA SUBMISSION. Davis has won 2 back to back Fight of The Year awards. I think the world of both Mcmann and Cat, but I think they need to get past their first Octagon fight before you start putting them up for Title Contention!

  6. Ryan Calderwood
    March 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Ronda would smash her ass! I don’t see that title changing ANY time soon. But anything can happen in the octagon…

  7. tara pehoviack
    March 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Roundabout Rousey will rock all you hitches lol cant wait to see them get there ass beat!!!

  8. Bucky
    March 5, 2013 at 4:23 am

    When was her Last fight ? What top 10′s did she beat that she is ranked higher then Sara or Kat ? etc etc … sorry don’t know her to rate her . if she is good let her fight on a under card vs another top 10 . then go from there . No point in force feeding the womens Division to everyone . We know it has great fighters , but not all can be Figts For The Title !

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