When it comes to Canadian UFC icons, there’s George St-Pierre and then everybody else. But Alexis Davis may be ready to show the MMA world what she’s all about in Wednesday night’s UFC Fight Night battle with Liz Carmouche.
It’s the third time the Ultimate Fighting Championship has put on a Fight for the Troops event and it’s the biggest opportunity Davis has had in her career. Davis, a native of Port Colborne, Ontario, is ranked sixth in the UFC’s 135-pound women’s division and her fight with Carmouche will be the co-main event tonight in just her second UFC fight.
She won an unanimous decision over Rosi Sexton in her UFC debut and is on a 6-1 run dating back to her days with Strikeforce, but is pegged as a +175 underdog against Carmouche (-233). However, there’s some talk that the winner of this fight could become the No. 1 contender, so expect both fighters to leave everything on the line.
Since moving to California to focus on her training, she has won three straight fights. That move has been key to her growth in the octagon.
“I used to fight on pure heart before … now I feel like I’m fighting smarter,” Davis told reporters. “I’m finding my range, my movement, perfecting my technique.”
And she’ll need all of those elements in the octagon Wednesday night against Carmouche.
“Liz Carmouche is a beast. … She’s a pressure fighter, push forward, push against the cage,” Davis added. “I don’t think I’ve ever see her gas out or even come close.
Carmouche certainly has the edge when it comes to power in this bout, but she’s going to have a tough time breaking Davis’ will. Davis took a ton of heavy shots in her last win over Rosi and kept coming. Davis has had problems with cuts in the past and that could play a role here, though don’t expect her to be stopped.
Basically, if Davis can withstand the early onslaught from Carmouche, this could be a toss-up. Carmouche has never gone the distance in the octagon and Davis has the edge in experience with 19 fights (14-5 MMA) compared to 12 for Carmouche.
If you’re looking for a live underdog, you could certainly do worse than Davis. She has the chin and the smarts to hang around in this fight and the submission skills to end it if Carmouche leaves an opening. I’m taking a shot on the Canadian to make a big splash with the upset win, maybe with a sprinkle on a submission victory (+500).