UFC superstar Ronda Rousey looks to maintain her perfect career record this weekend when she defends her women’s bantamweight title against Alexis Davis in the co-main event of UFC 175. Rousey blasted out Sara McMann in just 66 seconds in her last fight at UFC 170, while Davis continued her winning ways on the same card by earning a split-decision victory over Jessica Eye.
Rousey has been quick to emerge as one of the organization’s brightest stars. She’s been able to successfully juggle the demands of being a UFC champion with her Hollywood acting career, red-carpet appearances and magazine photo shoots. Rousey is also a two-time 2014 ESPY nominee for Best Female Athlete and Fighter of the Year.
There simply aren’t any other UFC fighters who attract the type of media interest that Rousey does and are in such high demand. Her aggressive, dominant fighting style and sex appeal are a perfect combination.
This matchup marks her third Octagon appearance in the last seven months and Rousey intends to remain an active champion. She’s always ready to compete when called upon and has already expressed an interest in appearing at UFC 182.
Even more remarkable is the fact that Rousey has said she would consider fighting again next month at UFC 176 if she was successful and emerged unscathed against Davis, and if the promotion asked her to. The August 2 event in Los Angeles needs a new headliner due to an injury suffered by featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Rousey’s confidence is backed up by the odds makers who have made her an enormous favourite to retain her belt. The champion’s well-known for her Olympic judo background and armbar submission victories but is adding other elements to her impressive game. Rousey showed in her victory against McMann that her striking ability is steadily improving and she no longer can be considered a one-trick pony.
Rousey has made other successful defenses inside the Octagon against Liz Carmouche and Miesha Tate. “Cupcake” has been the only competitor to take the champion beyond the first round. Rousey is a perfect 9-0 with 9 finishes and despite all of her other ventures, she remains driven and highly motivated.
The no.2-ranked Davis has reeled off five consecutive victories to secure this high-profile opportunity and is 3-0 in her UFC career. She’s recorded other Octagon triumphs against Carmouche and Rosi Sexton. “Ally-Gator” has a strong grappling background and is a Japanese and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. The 29-year old Canadian has produced 9 finishes in her 16 career wins and has shown plenty of toughness along the way. Davis has never been submitted in 21 fights.
It’ll be interesting to see if Davis’ grappling skills will provide a stiff challenge for Rousey this weekend in Las Vegas. The champion has taken apart all challengers with ease and seems to be getting better. Davis’ most valiant and best effort likely won’t be enough to slow Rousey down.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports