As Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche are about to become the first two women to compete in the octagon, there are still a couple of women’s MMA fighters who are waiting in the wings.
Prior to UFC 157, officials announced Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann and Raging Wolf Women’s champion Alexis Davis had signed UFC contracts. Besides tonight’s title match and the fight between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano, which takes place on the TUF 17 finale, neither McMann nor Davis has received official opponents.
With no other new signings on the horizon, there should be no reason why Davis and McMann can’t fight each other. Both fighters have a solid ground game; McMann with her wrestling background and Davis with her jiu-jitsu.
One edge Davis has over McMann is her experience. Since her debut in 2007, she has beaten some of the best fighters at 135 pounds including: Julie Kedzie, Shayna Baszler and Amanda Nunes. Even in her losses, Davis has stood strong.
At 6-0, McMann is one of the top prospects in the women’s bantamweight division. In her short career, she too has defeated Baszler. She also has wins over Tonya Evinger and Hitomi Akano. Davis would no doubt be a tough test for McMann and could be a precursor to how well she would do in the future.
Both McMann and Davis have earned “Fight of the Night” bonuses – both of which were against Baszler – when competing for Invicta Fighting Championships, which could result in a Fight Night bonus inside of the octagon.
So UFC, I say let them fight.
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