So much for all that talk about Ronda Rousey vs. Gina Carano. At least for now.
In a Friday night tweet which came out of the blue, UFC president Dana White announced that Rousey will defend her women’s bantamweight title against Alexis Davis at UFC 175 on July 5 in Las Vegas.
Rousey will make the third defense of her title, again in a fairly fast turnaround. In late February, she picked up a first-round TKO win over Sara McMann at UFC 170, needing just 66 seconds for her first non-submission win.
Prior to that, the Olympic medalist stopped Miesha Tate in the third round at UFC 168 in December and submitted Liz Carmouche in her promotional debut at UFC 157. The first eight wins of Rousey’s career all came by first-round armbar.
Since beating McMann in UFC 170’s main event, Rousey has been keeping busy with her budding acting career, filming a role on the “Entourage” movie.
Davis has won five straight fights, including her first three in the UFC. In her debut at UFC 161 this past June, she took a decision from Rosi Sexton in her native Canada. At the UFC’s third “Fight for the Troops” show, she beat recent title challenger Carmouche. And at UFC 170, she took a split decision from Jessica Eye, a win that wound up getting her a title shot.
The bout will be the third title defense in just over six months for Rousey (9-0). She defeated Miesha Tate via third-round armbar at UFC 168 on Dec. 28 and Sara McMann via first-round TKO in the main event of UFC 170. Since then, she’s been filming her role in the upcoming “Entourage” movie.
While all the conjecture about future opponents for Rousey have included talk about Carano, the first big women’s MMA star, former Strikeforce champ Cris Cyborg, and even Holly Holm, Davis has actually gone about building her case the old-fashioned way. The Port Colborne, Ont. native is 16-5 and has won five consecutive bouts, including a split decision over Jessica Eye at UFC 170.
Rousey and Davis are the only women with 3-0 UFC records.
Ronda Jean Rousey (born February 1, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist and judoka. She is the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, as well as the former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. She has defeated all of her opponents by armbar in the first round. Rousey became the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.
Rousey trains under Gokor Chivichyan of the Hayastan MMA Academy, and Edmond Tarverdyan of the Glendale Fighting Club. She formerly trained at the Olympic Training Center in Wakefield, Massachusetts under guidance of Jimmy Pedro and is now part of Team Hayastan in Santa Monica, California. Rousey also trains with Romanian Leo Frîncu and Gene Lebell, along with Team Hayastan fighters such as Manny Gamburyan, Karen Darabedyan, Karo Parisyan and Sako Chivitchian. She is managed by Darin Harvey of Fight Tribe MMA.
Ronda Rousey will seek a fourth title defense against Alexis Davis July 5 in Las Vegas.