It wasn't that long ago when mixed martial arts (MMA) fans were worried that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) wasn't going to have enough female fighters available to challenge for the women's bantamweight championship, currently held by undefeated titleholder Ronda Rousey.
Now, we may have too many.
Alexis Davis put herself in a "good position," according to UFC President Dana White, following her split decision win over former division number one contender Liz Carmouche on the FOX Sports 1 main card of UFC Fight Night 31 at Ft. Campbell in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
From the "Fight for the Troops 3" post-fight press conference (watch it):
"With Cat Zingano hurt -- and this fight's going to happen with Miesha and Ronda -- who knows. We'll see what happens. The win she had tonight was very impressive and definitely puts her in a good position."
Rousey will defend her 135-pound title against Miesha Tate (again) in the co-main event of the UFC 168 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place on Dec. 28, 2013 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, a spot that was originally promised to Cat Zingano.
But "Alpha" was forced to bail after blowing up her knee.
As T.J. Grant recently found out, once you hit the sidelines for an extended period of time, things might not be the way you left them upon return. Davis (15-5) has now won four in a row after outpointing "Girl-Rilla" and believes she has earned the spot of top contender.
From her post-fight interview on FOX Sports 1:
"It doesn't matter who has it. I want that belt. We'll have to see what happens. I won't be greedy! I'll take Miesha or Ronda. I think I should be [top contender]."
Davis has effectively put herself "in the mix," but may soon have company now that season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is just a few weeks away from wrapping things up on FOX Sports 1. And somewhere in the background, undefeated Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann awaits.
Expect a busy 2014 fight campaign for the ladies of the Octagon ... but where do you have Davis ranked in the top 10?