Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann is the featured fight for UFC 170, but another interesting bantamweight bout will go down on the same night between Alexis Davis and Jessica Eye. Both fighters have battled through adversity to where they are now and they are on a quest for UFC gold.
Davis comes into this fight with more experience. One of the best grapplers in the bantamweight division, she is 2-0 in the UFC. Her last fight against Liz Carmouche was one of the best performances in her fighting career. Carmouche is a strong bantamweight and is usually able to dictate where the fight goes, but this wasn’t the case against Davis. For three straight rounds, Davis controlled positioning against Carmouche, and she will be hoping to do the same against Eye this weekend.
A lot of Eye’s opponents have been skilled, but they haven’t shown elite skills when it comes to the ground game. Davis does have these elite skills, holding a black belt in both Japanese and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. This is going to be a huge advantage for her in the fight. Currently, Davis is the no. 3 bantamweight in the division. A breakout win for her would almost seal her fate as the next in line for the belt, a fate that she has been dreaming about ever since she began competing in MMA back in 2007.
Does Eye have a chance of victory? Of course she does, but she’s dealing with a grappler that can finish the fight from any position when on the round, so it’s going a tough outing for her. For this reason, Davis is the favorite and will be looking to prove that Eye is not on her level in terms of jiu-jitsu.